Cycling: Tony is king of Mont-Saint-Michel

Tony Martin of Germany passes world heritage site Mont-Saint-Michel (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Tony Martin of Germany passes world heritage site Mont-Saint-Michel (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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What will be the iconic image of next year’s Tour de France when it begins in Yorkshire.

The world’s biggest annual sporting event will begin in Leeds on July 5 2014 with its second stage finishing in Sheffield a day later after a 200 kilometre ride from York.

Yorkshire has some beautiful scenery and it will need to be at its best to compete with the backdrop to yesterday’s time-trial in France.

The 33km 11th stage began in Avranches and headed inland before ending at UNESCO world heritage site Mont-Saint-Michel on the Normandy coast.

Omega-Pharma-Quick Step’s World time-trial champion Tony Martin won the stage in 36 minutes and 29 seconds, just 12 second ahead of Britain’s Chris Froome.

However, Team Sky’s Froome extended his overall lead in the yellow jersey to 3 minutes 25 seconds ahead of Spain’s Movistar rider Alejandro Valverde.

Today’s 12th stage sees the peloton take a 218km route from Fougères to Tours, which should suit the sprinters in the race, including Britain’s Mark Cavendish, to perfection.

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