Fab Cancellara? (Trek) is no longer quoted, Tone Martin? (Etixx) looks like he’s ‘last year’s tester’ – the new crowned King of the Chrono is Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant).
He put a minute into maillot jaune Froome in today’s technical and tough time test and set himself as the number one favourite for the Rio Olympic Time Trial.
And that’s after a brilliant mountain stage win last weekend in Andorra.
Sky’s reigning World TT Champ, Kiryienka?
Come on, the man’s been on the front for a fortnight!
Initially it looked like Richie Porte (BMC) might be right there too but a super quick time at check one flattered to deceive and he tied up to finish well down on the day.
Big Bauke Mollema (Trek) rode strongly into a podium position – solid rides too from Dan Martin (Etixx), Adam Yates (Orica), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC).
But another disappointing day for Nairo Quintana (Movistar) after the Ventoux yesterday where he looked distinctly average compared to Mollema and Froome.
But on this sad, strange day it was Froome again cementing his position in yellow and making it look more unlikely than ever that he can beaten in this Tour.
We pick up the action as the top GC men came off their turbos and headed for the start house…
As we wait on the Bigs rolling down the ramp the standings are:
- Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) 50.15
- Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) +1.31
- Jerome Coppel (IAM) +1.35
- Dennis Rohan (BMC) +1.41
- Ion Izagirre (Movistar) +2.02
- Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) +2.05
- Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) +2.24
- Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18) +2.31
- Macej Bodnar (Tinkoff) +2.32
- Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) +2.34
Despite the parcours perhaps not being one for the ‘pure’ chrono men – witness the deficits of Worlds chrono medal winner, Coppel; fastest ever Tour time tester Dennis and former world champion Martin – with two tough climbs it’s Netherlands ‘chronoman’ tall Tom Dumoulin well clear on the leader board from surprising Portuguese Champion, Oliveira.
Apart from the climbs, there’s also a vicious crosswind as Richie Porte rolls off the ramp – his compact style is ideal on day and tough, windblown course like this.
Porte is within nine seconds of Dumoulin at the first check – atop the days, first long drag, that’s good enough for second spot at this stage.