Valderde stays in 2nd overall in the Tour after an impressive TT, only losing two minutes to Froome (SKY) and keeping the main favourites behind. Movistar's Quintana, Costa now in 8th and 9th GC

The Movistar Team leader passed another important test in the 2013 Tour de France on Wednesday, with arguably the most complicated stage for their characteristics in the race's only flat ITT: 33km from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel whipper by strong winds, favourable for most of the parcours, which took the winner's average speed -World Champion Tony Martin (OPQ) took another success in his speciality- above 54 kph. The German narrowly beat race leader Chris Froome (SKY) after clocking all best times in the morning, with Spanish TT champion Jonathan Castroviejo doing a notable effort to clock the 10th fastest time of the day.

Froome was superior to all main rivals in the overall classification; within those, Alejandro Valverde executed a solid defense. Equal timed to Mollema (BEL), Contador and Kreuziger (TST) in the two intermediate references, the Spaniard ended up beating the latter two to come across the finish just two minutes sharp behind Froome and only seven seconds off Mollema's pace. Valverde still beats the Dutchman for 2nd overall and will have to work hard in all the mountains still to come, with the Mont Ventoux on Sunday followed by the long Alpine block in the last week of racing. Behind him, Rui Costa -3.04 after Martin- and Nairo Quintana -3.27 back- conserve their respective places in the GC's top ten -the Colomian is 8th, momentarily losing his white jersey, with the Portuguese in 9th- and keep the Movistar jersey on top of the teams' classification.

Thursday will bring the first of three stages leading the Grande Boucle into the mountains, with no rated climbs in the 218km between Fougères and Tours.

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