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Stage 11 : Avranches > Mont-Saint-Michel (ITT) 33km
Today's TT is very important for the GC race giving a good opportunity to gain or regain any lost time.
Chris Froome holds the current advantage of 1:25 over his nearest rival.
Of the top 10 riders Froome would be the strongest TT rider over a course such as this one.
This could be a difficult day for a few of the guys as they are more noted for climbed than they are for their TT strength, riders like Rodriguez, Valverde & Quintana.

It's only a short TT at 33km so the time losses by these guys may only be around 1 minute, but then they can't really afford any loss.



Riders View :
Nicolas Portal: "It starts off rolling gently up and down, there are some quite fast descents and a few tight corners.
"In our recon the wind was strong and mostly a headwind on the flat section towards the end. This will suit the TT specialists as it'll be quite tough. I think it could be good for Froome."



Along the way :
Mont Saint-Michel, France's third most popular tourist attraction and located on the border between Normandy and Brittan.

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Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky tidal island. It is located approximately one kilometre off the northwestern coast at the mouth of the Couesnon River.
Early construction was back in the 10th century and progressed further with fortification, chappel and other constructions taking 5 centuries to complete.

During the 100yrs war English forces under the command of Thomas Scalles beseiged the Mont. Two wrought-iron bombards that Scalles abandoned when he gave up his siege are still on site (pictured below).

The surrounding bay is in effect the largest tidal theatre in Continental Europe, with up to 15 metres difference between low and high tide.

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Cannons abandoned by Thomas Scalles at Mont Saint-Michel on 17 June 1434.


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Current Jersey Leaders



maillot_jaune.png   Christopher Froome (Sky)
maillot_vert.png    Peter Sagan (Cannondale) 
maillot_a_pois.png   Pierre Rolland (Europcar)
maillot_blanc.png    Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Movistar)
dossard_equipes.png     Movistar
dossard_combativite.png     Jerome Cousin (Europcar)    [Most combatative rider]


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Final km's



Climbs
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Intermediate Sprints
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General Classification:-


1    Christopher Froome (Sky) 41:52:43
2    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Movistar) 0:01:25
3    Bauke Mollema (Belkin) 0:01:44
4    Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin) 0:01:50
5    Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) 0:01:51
6    Alberto Contador Velasco (Saxo-Tinkoff) 0:01:51
7    Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Movistar) 0:02:02
8    Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) 0:02:28
9    Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha) 0:02:31
10   Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Movistar) 0:02:45


Points Classification:-

1 Peter Sagan (Cannondale) 269pnts
2 Andr Greipel (Lotto Belisol) 186
3 Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) 166
4 Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) 132
5 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) 131


Mountains Classification:-

1 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 49pnts
2 Christopher Froome (Sky) 33
3 Richie Porte (Sky) 28
4 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Movistar) 26
5 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 21


Young Rider Classification:-

1 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Movistar) 41:54:45
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) 0:01:23
3 Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) 0:05:07
   
   



Synopsis :-
Froome is a very strong TT rider (Bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics) all things being equal he should put further time into his rivals.
Valverde has never been renowned for a strong TT but has noted he has been working on it, he'll need to ride a good one to minimise his losses to what would be expected from Froome.
Contador can ride a good TT so he could well leap frog up into the top 3 and for an over Tour win I think he will need to beat Froome and make at least some seconds.

Between 2nd to 7th is pretty tight still so there could easily be an order reshuffle.

Evans will be aiming for a strong TT in effort to get himself into the top 10 or at least closer to it.


Riders to watch :-
Mainly all those in the Top 10 on the GC as this is an important stage for them.
Tony Martin, although his crash injuries may have slowed him a little but he is still riding fairly strong.
Evans, Meyer, Porte, Chavanel, Velits, Millar, Kloden, De Gendt, Tuft, Stanard, Van Garderen, Rogers might all be do well.


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Viewer Rating = 7 of 10
There's no head to head racing, it's all solo against the clock so not really exciting in that regards but there it still has a good attraction as time gains/losses are very important to those chasing results.

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Race starts = 6:28pm (AEST)
Approx finish time = 1:30am (AEST)
SBS coverage starts at 10pm (AEST)
GUW Time = 12:00am (AES Time) (Get Up to Watch)).


Who's your tip?
I think it could be a close one between Martin and Froome, normally I would pick Tony Martin but his early injury has probably slowed him down a bit so I think that might favour Froome, he has shown to be a top notch TT rider and I'd say is in the best condition to give the best result.




Start Order


GC Position Time of Day : France Time of Day : Sydney TT Start Order
182 10:28:00 AM 6:28:00 PM Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana  
181 10:30:00 AM 6:30:00 PM Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 
180 10:32:00 AM 6:32:00 PM Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM   
179 10:34:00 AM 6:34:00 PM Tom Veelers (Ned)  Argos-Shimano 
178 10:36:00 AM 6:36:00 PM Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM   
177 10:38:00 AM 6:38:00 PM Jerome Cousin (Fra)  Europcar 
176 10:40:00 AM 6:40:00 PM Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
175 10:42:00 AM 6:42:00 PM Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky  
174 10:44:00 AM 6:44:00 PM Koen De Kort (Ned)  Argos-Shimano 
173 10:46:00 AM 6:46:00 PM Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol 
172 10:48:00 AM 6:48:00 PM Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 
171 10:50:00 AM 6:50:00 PM Yohann Gene (Fra)  Europcar 
170 10:52:00 AM 6:52:00 PM Albert Timmer (Ned)  Argos-Shimano 
169 10:54:00 AM 6:54:00 PM Marcel Kittel (Ger)  Argos-Shimano 
168 10:56:00 AM 6:56:00 PM Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 
167 10:58:00 AM 6:58:00 PM William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr 
166 11:00:00 AM 7:00:00 PM Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 
165 11:02:00 AM 7:02:00 PM Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky  
164 11:04:00 AM 7:04:00 PM Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 
163 11:06:00 AM 7:06:00 PM Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 
162 11:08:00 AM 7:08:00 PM Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin   
161 11:10:00 AM 7:10:00 PM Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 
160 11:12:00 AM 7:12:00 PM Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 
159 11:14:00 AM 7:14:00 PM Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin   
158 11:16:00 AM 7:16:00 PM Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 
157 11:18:00 AM 7:18:00 PM Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 
156 11:20:00 AM 7:20:00 PM Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha 
155 11:22:00 AM 7:22:00 PM Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale  
154 11:24:00 AM 7:24:00 PM Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 
153 11:26:00 AM 7:26:00 PM Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 
152 11:28:00 AM 7:28:00 PM Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM   
151 11:30:00 AM 7:30:00 PM Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 
150 11:32:00 AM 7:32:00 PM Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 
149 11:34:00 AM 7:34:00 PM Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 
148 11:36:00 AM 7:36:00 PM Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 
147 11:38:00 AM 7:38:00 PM Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM   
146 11:40:00 AM 7:40:00 PM Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 
145 11:42:00 AM 7:42:00 PM Roy Curvers (Ned)  Argos-Shimano 
144 11:44:00 AM 7:44:00 PM Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 
143 11:46:00 AM 7:46:00 PM Kévin Reza (Fra)  Europcar 
142 11:48:00 AM 7:48:00 PM Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 
141 11:50:00 AM 7:50:00 PM Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 
140 11:52:00 AM 7:52:00 PM Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr 
139 11:54:00 AM 7:54:00 PM Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 
138 11:56:00 AM 7:56:00 PM André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 
137 11:58:00 AM 7:58:00 PM David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky  
136 12:00:00 PM 8:00:00 PM Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 
135 12:02:00 PM 8:02:00 PM Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 
134 12:04:00 PM 8:04:00 PM Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar  
133 12:06:00 PM 8:06:00 PM Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM   
132 12:08:00 PM 8:08:00 PM Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger)  Argos-Shimano 
131 12:10:00 PM 8:10:00 PM David Veilleux (Can)  Europcar 
130 12:12:00 PM 8:12:00 PM Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin   
129 12:14:00 PM 8:14:00 PM Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 
128 12:16:00 PM 8:16:00 PM Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana  
127 12:18:00 PM 8:18:00 PM Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin   
126 12:20:00 PM 8:20:00 PM Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 
125 12:22:00 PM 8:22:00 PM Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 
124 12:24:00 PM 8:24:00 PM Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 
123 12:26:00 PM 8:26:00 PM Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 
122 12:28:00 PM 8:28:00 PM Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 
121 12:30:00 PM 8:30:00 PM Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por)  Saxo-Tinkoff 
120 12:32:00 PM 8:32:00 PM Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 
119 12:34:00 PM 8:34:00 PM Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM   
118 12:36:00 PM 8:36:00 PM Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 
117 12:38:00 PM 8:38:00 PM John Degenkolb (Ger)  Argos-Shimano 
116 12:40:00 PM 8:40:00 PM Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale  
115 12:42:00 PM 8:42:00 PM Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale  
114 12:44:00 PM 8:44:00 PM Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 
113 12:46:00 PM 8:46:00 PM Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 
112 12:48:00 PM 8:48:00 PM Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun 
111 12:50:00 PM 8:50:00 PM Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun 
110 12:52:00 PM 8:52:00 PM Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale  
109 12:54:00 PM 8:54:00 PM Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky  
108 12:56:00 PM 8:56:00 PM Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha 
107 12:58:00 PM 8:58:00 PM Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 
106 1:00:00 PM 9:00:00 PM Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 
105 1:02:00 PM 9:02:00 PM Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar  
104 1:04:00 PM 9:04:00 PM Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 
103 1:06:00 PM 9:06:00 PM Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 
102 1:08:00 PM 9:08:00 PM Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale  
101 1:10:00 PM 9:10:00 PM Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 
100 1:12:00 PM 9:12:00 PM Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC   
99 1:14:00 PM 9:14:00 PM David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 
98 1:16:00 PM 9:16:00 PM Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 
97 1:18:00 PM 9:18:00 PM Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 
96 1:20:00 PM 9:20:00 PM Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 
95 1:22:00 PM 9:22:00 PM Thomas Voeckler (Fra)  Europcar 
94 1:24:00 PM 9:24:00 PM Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC   
93 1:26:00 PM 9:26:00 PM Daniele Bennati (Ita)  Saxo-Tinkoff 
92 1:28:00 PM 9:28:00 PM Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 
91 1:30:00 PM 9:30:00 PM Simon Geschke (Ger)  Argos-Shimano 
90 1:32:00 PM 9:32:00 PM Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM   
89 1:34:00 PM 9:34:00 PM Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar  
88 1:36:00 PM 9:36:00 PM Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale  
87 1:38:00 PM 9:38:00 PM Matteo Tosatto (Ita)  Saxo-Tinkoff 
86 1:40:00 PM 9:40:00 PM Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale  
85 1:42:00 PM 9:42:00 PM Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 
84 1:44:00 PM 9:44:00 PM Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 
83 1:46:00 PM 9:46:00 PM Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky  
82 1:48:00 PM 9:48:00 PM Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr 
81 1:50:00 PM 9:50:00 PM Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC   
80 1:52:00 PM 9:52:00 PM Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn)  Europcar 
79 1:54:00 PM 9:54:00 PM Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 
78 1:56:00 PM 9:56:00 PM Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky  
77 1:58:00 PM 9:58:00 PM Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 
76 2:00:00 PM 10:00:00 PM Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana  
75 2:02:00 PM 10:02:00 PM Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa)  Saxo-Tinkoff 
74 2:04:00 PM 10:04:00 PM Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale  
73 2:06:00 PM 10:06:00 PM Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM   
72 2:08:00 PM 10:08:00 PM Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC   
71 2:10:00 PM 10:10:00 PM Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 
70 2:12:00 PM 10:12:00 PM Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 
69 2:14:00 PM 10:14:00 PM Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana  
68 2:16:00 PM 10:16:00 PM Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 
67 2:18:00 PM 10:18:00 PM Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun 
66 2:20:00 PM 10:20:00 PM Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 
65 2:22:00 PM 10:22:00 PM Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 
64 2:24:00 PM 10:24:00 PM Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 
63 2:26:00 PM 10:26:00 PM Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 
62 2:28:00 PM 10:28:00 PM Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 
61 2:30:00 PM 10:30:00 PM Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 
60 2:32:00 PM 10:32:00 PM Tom Dumoulin (Ned)  Argos-Shimano 
59 2:34:00 PM 10:34:00 PM Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 
58 2:36:00 PM 10:36:00 PM Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 
57 2:38:00 PM 10:38:00 PM Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 
56 2:40:00 PM 10:40:00 PM Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC   
55 2:42:00 PM 10:42:00 PM Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr 
54 2:44:00 PM 10:44:00 PM Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin   
53 2:46:00 PM 10:46:00 PM Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin   
52 2:48:00 PM 10:48:00 PM Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 
51 2:50:00 PM 10:50:00 PM Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 
50 2:52:00 PM 10:52:00 PM Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC   
49 2:54:00 PM 10:54:00 PM Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 
48 2:56:00 PM 10:56:00 PM Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 
47 2:58:00 PM 10:58:00 PM Nicolas Roche (Irl)  Saxo-Tinkoff 
46 3:00:00 PM 11:00:00 PM Cyril Gautier (Fra)  Europcar 
45 3:02:00 PM 11:02:00 PM Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 
44 3:04:00 PM 11:04:00 PM Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 
43 3:06:00 PM 11:06:00 PM Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 
42 3:08:00 PM 11:08:00 PM Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar  
41 3:10:00 PM 11:10:00 PM Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 
40 3:12:00 PM 11:12:00 PM Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar  
39 3:14:00 PM 11:14:00 PM Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 
38 3:16:00 PM 11:16:00 PM Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 
37 3:18:00 PM 11:18:00 PM Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 
36 3:20:00 PM 11:20:00 PM Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun 
35 3:22:00 PM 11:22:00 PM Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 
34 3:24:00 PM 11:24:00 PM Richie Porte (Aus) Sky  
33 3:26:00 PM 11:26:00 PM Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 
32 3:28:00 PM 11:28:00 PM Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin   
31 3:30:00 PM 11:30:00 PM John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 
30 3:32:00 PM 11:32:00 PM Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC   
29 3:34:00 PM 11:34:00 PM Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 
28 3:36:00 PM 11:36:00 PM Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 
27 3:38:00 PM 11:38:00 PM Davide Malacarne (Ita)  Europcar 
26 3:40:00 PM 11:40:00 PM Pierre Rolland (Fra)  Europcar 
25 3:42:00 PM 11:42:00 PM Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 
24 3:45:00 PM 11:45:00 PM Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 
23 3:48:00 PM 11:48:00 PM Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 
22 3:51:00 PM 11:51:00 PM Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM   
21 3:54:00 PM 11:54:00 PM Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 
20 3:57:00 PM 11:57:00 PM Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 
19 4:00:00 PM 12:00:00 AM Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 
18 4:03:00 PM 12:03:00 AM Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 
17 4:06:00 PM 12:06:00 AM Michael Rogers (Aus)  Saxo-Tinkoff 
16 4:09:00 PM 12:09:00 AM Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC   
15 4:12:00 PM 12:12:00 AM Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 
14 4:15:00 PM 12:15:00 AM Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 
13 4:18:00 PM 12:18:00 AM Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 
12 4:21:00 PM 12:21:00 AM Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana  
11 4:24:00 PM 12:24:00 AM Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 
10 4:27:00 PM 12:27:00 AM Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar  
9 4:30:00 PM 12:30:00 AM Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 
8 4:33:00 PM 12:33:00 AM Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 
7 4:36:00 PM 12:36:00 AM Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar  
6 4:39:00 PM 12:39:00 AM Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa)  Saxo-Tinkoff 
5 4:42:00 PM 12:42:00 AM Roman Kreuziger (Cze)  Saxo-Tinkoff 
4 4:45:00 PM 12:45:00 AM Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin   
3 4:48:00 PM 12:48:00 AM Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin   
2 4:51:00 PM 12:51:00 AM Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar  
1 4:54:00 PM 12:54:00 AM Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky  
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Sandpaper on the front of the saddle to stop you sliding and taping over holes on the stem, some pretty cool efforts made on Tony Martins Shiv.   And he is back on tubulars =(.   http://www.cycli

Would be surprised if he wins the stage, but he'll be up there for sure.

 

I reckon Sven Tuft will have a long wait in the hot seat...

 

The top 5 in no order should be T Martin, Castroviejo, Froome, Kwiatkowski & Tuft. Keuziger, TJ and Porte could be darkies.

 

The big chance with Tuft is if the weather deteriorates for the late starters - Meyer won at the Tour de Suiss exactly like this a few weeks back.

 

I love a good TT.

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.....and after 30 finishers, Mr Tuft sits in the hot seat.

 

I hope for his sake it is actually hot otherwise he may get a chill, he is over a minute faster than the next best rider and there is over 6 hours between first and last riders!!!.

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Sandpaper on the front of the saddle to stop you sliding and taping over holes on the stem, some pretty cool efforts made on Tony Martins Shiv.

 

And he is back on tubulars =(.

 

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/tour-de-france/539347/tour-de-france-bike-tony-martin-s-specialized-shiv.html

 

Froome out to 15-1.

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Sandpaper on the front of the saddle to stop you sliding and taping over holes on the stem, some pretty cool efforts made on Tony Martins Shiv.

 

And he is back on tubulars =(.

 

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/tour-de-france/539347/tour-de-france-bike-tony-martin-s-specialized-shiv.html

 

Froome out to 15-1.

And he has the chafe on the inside of the thigh to prove it!!

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Have been hearing about the starting point of this stage for years. I'm not surprised there was some trouble and would not be surprised if there was some major dangers or catastrophes there.

 

Every time I head put the gates into the back country in Hokkaido the ski patrol guys say "Please be aware of Avranches, bery bery danger".

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Eurosport had Alex Dowsett in the studio, they were asking how much Chris Froome's bike would be worth and he replied that if SKY are using the bars as last year, the bars alone are £12k :shocking:

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