By Thomas Dodd

  • Tom Dumoulin wins 37.5km Individual Time Trial to Pont d’Arc
  • Chris Froome finishes second to extend overall lead to 1m 47seconds
  • Sombre mood surrounds race following terror attacks in Nice the night before.

LE CAVERNE DE PONT D’ARC, FRANCE – Briton Chris Froome tightened his grip on the yellow jersey after a strong showing in the stage 13 individual time trial.

The defending champion and current race leader finished second on the 37.5km course to increase his overall lead for a third straight day.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin collected his second stage win of the Tour, recording a time over a minute quicker than anyone else.

Friday 15th 2016 will go down as one of the quieter and most sombre days in the race’s history, as teams, officials and riders united to show solidarity to the victims of the previous day’s terror attacks in Nice, which killed at least 84 people.

There were no PA announcements at the start or end of the stage and there was no music played in the finish town as a mark of respect.

And instead of the usual presentations on the podium post-stage, Dumoulin joined the jersey holders in a minute’s silence as each rider laid their flowers on the ground in memory of those who lost their lives less than 24 hours before.

Many competitors, race officials and organisers also wore black armbands in tribute.

Brit Adam Yates put in a solid showing against the clock, but despite gaining time on Nairo Quintana, surrendered his second place to Bauke Mollema, who only conceded 51 seconds to Froome on another day which witnessed the Brit stamp his authority on the race.

The Dutchman is now the Sky rider’s closest rival and has so far looked like the only man who can live with Froome in the very high mountains.

Colombia’s Quintana must now claw back nearly three minutes on Froome if he is to ride into Paris with the yellow jersey a week sunday.

In a strong day for the Brits, Yates’s 18th place was bettered by Geraint Thomas and Stephen Cummings, who both recorded top ten finishes.

The biggest losers from the top ten of the general classification were Dan Martin and Fabio Aru, both of whom lost over three minutes to the yellow jersey.

Sunday’s 14th stage from Montelimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux will provide the peloton some respite before the final week of climbing in the Alps and should give the sprinters their last chance to claim glory before the race rolls onto the Champs Elysees in eight days time.

Stage 13 Result (Bourg-Saint-Andeol to La Caverne du Pont d’Arc 37.5km)

1. Tom Dumoulin (HOL) Giant Alpecin 50m15seconds
2. Chris Froome (GBR) Sky +1m03
3. Nelson Oliveira (POR) Movistar +1m31
4. Jerome Coppel (FRA) IAM Cycling +1m35
5. Rohan Dennis (NZ) BMC Racing +1m41
6. Bauke Mollema (HOL) Trek-Segafredo +1m54
7. Geraint Thomas (GBR) Sky +2m00
8. Ion Izagguire (ESP) Movistar +2m02
9. Tony Martin (GER) Etixx-QuickStep +2m05
10. Stephen Cummings (GBR)Dimension Data +2m24

Brits

18. Adam Yates, Orica +3m01
135. Ian Stannard, Sky +7m58
154. Luke Rowe, Sky +8m36
179. Daniel McLay, Fortuneo +9m50
180. Mark Cavendish, Dimension Data +10m07

Overall Standings (After Stage 13):

1. Chris Froome (GBR) Sky 58h02m51seconds
2. Bauke Mollema (HOL) Trek-Segafredo +1m47
3. Adam Yates (GBR) Orica +2m45
4. Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar +2m59
5. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar +3m17
6. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing +3m19
7. Romain Bardet (FRA) AG2R +4m04
8. Richie Porte (NZ) BMC Racing +4m27
9. Dan Martin (IRE) Etixx-QuickStep +5m03
10. Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana +5m16

Brits

15. Geraint Thomas, Sky +6m48
124. Stephen Cummings, Dimension Data +2h06m31
167. Mark Cavendish, Dimension Data +2h25m34
174. Luke Rowe, Sky +2h27m19
176. Ian Stannard, Sky +2h28m51
178. Daniel McLay, Fortuneo +2h29m24

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