Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) claimed narrow victory in the flat 33km time trial to Mont-Saint-Michel, on a Specialized Shiv. In second place was Team Sky’s yellow jersey holder, Chris Froome, who rode a Pinarello Bolide to further extend his overall race lead.
Martin’s win was an apt reward after a tough start to the 2013 Tour de France – he was hospitalised after stage 1, following a huge crash as the race closed in for the sprint in Bastia.
While the German world TT champ collected yet another win with the Shiv, adding to the undoubted pedigree of the frame, there was a raft of new kit on display at the start of stage 11 in Avranches.
Yesterday, Focus launched the new Izalco Max and Izalco Chrono, and the new TT frame turned up today under Jean-Christophe Peraud and others on the Ag2r team. Lapierre have also updated their Aerostorm TT bike, integrating the brake into the front fork.
Elsewhere, Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) was wearing special edition Shimano R320 shoes in electric blue, and world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was using what appeared to be a modified and recovered saddle.
As usual, there were some nifty fixes too, with perhaps the best being the chain catcher on Chris Froome’s (Sky) Pinarello Bolide – an Allen key holder. Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff Bank) had a custom-machined SRM PowerControl mount.