Mikel Nieve dropped to 15th overall in the Tour after losing more than five minutes in Wednesday's individual time trial to Mont Saint-Michel.
It was a disheartening showing from the fans' favourite. While he's never been a specialist against the clock, 157th on the day, 5:21 in arrears, was way below expectations.
If Nieve was the disappointment of the day, Ion Izagirre was no doubt the surprise. Ion ended up 31st after a consistent ride, showing his form is in the ascendancy.
Igor Antón had another sub-par ride, though, coming home 96th and dropping to 20th on GC as a consequence.
- (1, Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), 36:29)
- 31, Ion Izagirre, 2:37
- 96, Igor Antón, 4:20
- 97, Mikel Astarloza, 4:22
- 101, Romain Sicard, 4:27
- 152, Juan José Oroz, 5:17
- 147, Mikel Nieve, 5:21
- 158, Gorka Izagirre, 5:23
- 168, Rubén Pérez, 5:41
- 179, Juan José Lobato, 6:13