Tony Martin wins Stage 11 of Tour
Mont-Saint-Michel, France (Sports Network) - 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.
"To be honest, I'd almost given up hope of the stage win," Martin said. "It was starting to look very disappointing when I saw Chris beat my times at the intermediate check. I nearly started to cry. I couldn't believe it."
Thomas De Gendt, Richie Porte and Michal Kwiatkowski completed the top five on Wednesday.
Thursday's Stage 12 is a 218-kilometer trek from Fougeres to Tours.
07/10 13:02:43 ET