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Tour de France glance

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Tour de France glance

Associated Press

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France — A brief look at Wednesday’s 11th stage of the 100th Tour de France:

Stage: The 11th stage was an individual time trial on a scenic route in Normandy over 20.5 miles from Avranches to the medieval walled town of Mont-Saint-Michel.

Winner: Tony Martin. The two-time world time trial champion won the stage in 36 minutes, 29 seconds. He finished 12 seconds ahead of race leader Chris Froome, who was the only rider within one minute of the German.

Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome. The British rider, who finished second overall to countryman Bradley Wiggins last year, had a stellar day. He extended his overall lead to 3:25 over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde; 3:37 over Dutchman Bauke Mollema and 3:54 over two-time former champion Alberto Contador of Spain.

Stat of the day: 6 minutes, 54 seconds. The already huge gap between race leader Chris Froome and 2011 Tour champion Cadel Evans of Australia.

Quote of the day: “To do something disrespectful like that is really sad and ruins the whole atmosphere” — Froome after hearing that a spectator threw urine at British sprinter Mark Cavendish during the stage.

Thursday’s stage: Stage 12 is the first of two days of flat stages for sprinters. It takes riders on a 135.5-mile route from Figures to Tours in the Loire valley, a picturesque region dotted with ancient chateaux and vineyards.

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