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Martin suffers time loss in Salamanca time trial

Posted 29 August 2011

Dan Martin has slipped back out of contention for the overall GC at the Vuelta á Espana after dropping more than six minutes to Tony Martin who won stage ten’s 47 kilometres time trial around Salamanca with a time of  55’54”.

Martin (Garmin Cervelo) started the day just 55 seconds off the race lead of Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) but is now 4’58” behind Chris Froome (Team Sky) who pulled off the surprise of the day to seize the race lead.

Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) had a better time trial finishing 36th on the stage with a deficit of 3’44”. He moves up two places to 17th in the GC but is now 3’47” off the pace.

The early benchmark was set by BMC’s Taylor Phinney who stopped the clock at 57’26”. World time trial champion Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) soon eclipsed that time by five seconds.

All eyes then turned to Martin (HTC Highroad) who broke 56 minutes with an unbeatable time of 55’54”.

Team Sky’s hopes of using the time trial to catapult Bradley Wiggins into the race lead evaporated when he faded over the second half of the course after catching Dan Martin as his two minute man.

The Briton was 1’22” slower than Tony Martin leaving him third on the stage. Froome though was the surprise package with his success in securing second place with a gap of 59 second sufficient to move him into the race lead.

The Team Sky wing-man now leads the race with a 12 seconds advantage over Jakob Fugslang (Leopard Trek) while Wiggins can take some consolation from climbing to third at 20 seconds.

While Martin was always expected to lose time in the discipline he will be disappointed to have shed 6’05” and was clearly paying for all that he invested in winning stage 9 to La Covatilla.

He will have Tuesday’s rest day to recover before tackling all but one mountain stage  between now and next Sunday. The 26 year old has already proven what he can do in the mountains and is more than capable of quickly recovering lost ground if his good form holds up.

Roche did well to finish within three minutes plus of the time-trial specialists and will also look to the week ahead for opportunities to claw back some of the 3’47” that he has conceded overall.

Results:

Stage 10: Salamanca – Salamanca, 47 kilometres

1.  Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:55:54     
2.  Christopher Froome (Gbr) Sky Procycling 0:00:59     
3.  Bradley Wiggins (Gbr) Sky Procycling 0:01:22     
4.  Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek 0:01:27     
5.  Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:33     
6.  Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:01:37     
7.  Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack 0:01:54     
8.  Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack 0:01:56     
9.  Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:02     
10. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek 0:02:06

36. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale at 3 minutes, 44 seconds
98. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin-Cervelo at 6 minutes, 05 seconds

1.  Christopher Froome (Gbr) Sky Procycling 38:09:13     
2.  Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:00:12     
3.  Bradley Wiggins (Gbr) Sky Procycling 0:00:20     
4.  Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:31     
5.  Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana 0:00:34     
6.  Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek 0:00:59     
7.  Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:07     
8.  Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC 0:01:47     
9.  Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack 0:02:04     
10. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack 0:02:13   

17. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale at 3 minutes, 47 seconds
24. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin-Cervelo at 4 minutes, 58 seconds

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