It doesn’t get much more picture-postcard than this, does it? A shame Tony Martin didn’t have time to admire the view of Mont St Michel as he powered his way to victory, the fourth-fastest individual time trial (in terms of average speed) in Tour de France history.
Stage 11: Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel, 33km individual time trial
World time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) fittingly took victory in stage 11’s race against the clock – but only just. Martin edged out race leader Chris Froome (Sky) by mere seconds, as the Briton again stole headlines – and a chunk of time – from the other GC contenders.
Last weekend’s stages in the Pyrenees will live long in the memory, first building up Sky‘s aura of invulnerability and then just as quickly exploding that myth. It was a brutal two days that taught us as much about Chris Froome‘s strength as it did about his team’s weaknesses. But here’s the kicker: it was really just a dress rehearsal for the final week’s Alpine stages, which bear more than a passing resemblance to their Pyrenean counterparts – only more brutal.