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Tour leader Froome leaves rivals behind

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France - Halfway through the Tour de France, Chris Froome appears unstoppable after pulverizing his main rivals in Wednesday’s time trial.

Although Froome missed out on his second stage win of the centenary Tour by 12 seconds to winner Tony Martin of Germany, second place on stage 11 still felt like a big victory for the British rider since all of his challengers were at least two minutes slower than him.

“My biggest race today was with the other GC riders,” Froome said.

“I’ve extended my lead so I’m very happy with that.”

Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde is still in second place overall but is 3 minutes, 25 seconds adrift of Froome, while Alberto Contador improved to fourth but is 3:54 behind.

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