Martin wins Stage 11, Froome retains yellow jersey


Mont-Saint-Michel, France — German Tony Martin captured Stage 11 of the 2013 Tour de France on Wednesday, a 33-kilometer individual time trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel.

The reigning world time trial champion crossed the finish line in a time of 36:29.

Britain’s Chris Froome finished second and extended his overall race lead in cycling’s most prestigious event. He claimed the leader’s yellow jersey after winning Stage 8 and now owns an advantage of 3 minutes, 25 seconds over Spain’s Alejandro Valverde.

Thomas De Gendt, Richie Porte and Michal Kwiatkowski completed the top five on Wednesday.

Today’s Stage 12 is a 218-kilometer trek from Fougeres to Tours.

Stage 10

Saint-Malo, France — Marcel Kittel outsprinted fellow German Andre Greipel to win Stage 10 of the Tour de France, while Britain’s Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey as the overall leader of cycling’s most prestigious event.

Kittel, who also won the first stage in Corsica on the opening day of the 100th Tour, beat Stage 6 winner Greipel to the line by about a tire length to win Tuesday’s 197-kilometer trek from Saint-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo.

The winning time was 4 hours, 53 minutes and 25 seconds.

Mark Cavendish, the Stage 5 winner, bumped another rider and knocked him down in the final moments en route to a third-place finish for the day. Peter Sagan, winner of Stage 7, was fourth.

Froome finished 24th on Tuesday. He claimed the leader’s yellow jersey after winning Stage 8 on Saturday and still owns an advantage of 1 minute, 25 seconds over Spain’s Alejandro Valverde, who was 25th on Tuesday.

“We’re aware that this isn’t going to be an easy ride now and every day that we have in yellow is an absolute honor,” said Froome.

Alberto Contador of Spain, a two-time champion who was also stripped of the 2010 title for a doping offense, is sixth overall and just 1:51 off the pace. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg was awarded the 2010 title and is 15th overall, one place ahead of 2011 winner Cadel Evans of Australia.