Froome – Every Second Counts

Team Sky’s Chris Froome concedes that “every second counts” if he is to maintain his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey (Froome 1/10 – Tour de France Outright).

The 28-year-old impressed in finishing second to Tony Martin in Tuesday’s stage-10 time trial at Mont-Saint-Michel.

Martin took silver while Froome claimed bronze in the Olympic time trial in London 12 months ago, with last year’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins – absent from this year’s Tour – taking gold.

Froome was the only general classification contender to finish in the time trial’s top 10, meaning he extended his lead over second-placed Alejandro Valverde to three minutes and 25 seconds.

Valverde finished two minutes behind Froome in 13th with fourth-placed Alberto Contador two seconds back in 15th.

Thursday’s stage 12 is a 218km trip south east towards the Alps between Fougeres and Tours, a stage seen to favour the sprinters (Mark Cavendish Evens – Stage 12 Betting).

Having come through some tough mountain stages and a time trail with his lead intact, Froome says has the belief he can go on and win the gruelling competition.

“I think I’ve shown I can hold my own in the mountains and now in the time trial as well,” he said.

“I’m really happy to have extended my lead in the general classification because if last weekend is anything to go by, I’m going to need every second I can get at this stage.

“I gave the time trial everything I had. Tony showed why he’s the world champion with a fantastic ride so hats off to him for that.”

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