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Tom Dumoulin's (Giant-Alpecin) victory and the general classification shake-up in the 37.5km stage 13 individual time trial were over-shadowed by yesterday's terror attack in Nice, as the peloton, race and fans paid tribute to loss of life.
Cycling Central

16 Jul 2016 - 3:41 AM  UPDATED 16 Jul 2016 - 8:09 AM

With the normal boisterous activity at the start and finish of the stage muted to pay respect to the loss of life, it was a very different atmosphere from a traditional Tour stage. 

Dumoulin posted an impressive time of 50 minutes and 15 seconds to finish one minute and three seconds ahead of race leader Chris Froome (Sky), with Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) in third, a further 28 seconds back. 

With time trial strong men such as Rohan Dennis (BMC), Tony Martin (Ettix-Quickstep), Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) and current World Champion Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) all finishing more than a minute and 30 seconds behind the Giant-Alpecin rider, his form looks impressive for the Rio Olympic Time Trial in a few weeks. 

But the victory came with mixed emotions for the talented Dutchman, who claimed his second win of the Tour after being the first to reach the summit of Andorre Arcalis on Stage 9. 

“You are looking at a man with two faces today. I'm very happy with the win but at the same time my thoughts are with everyone involved in the horrific attack. 

"What happened last night shadows the day. It was a big question if it would continue today or not. I think the decision is good. These terrorists cannot decide our lives.”

A strange day

A muted pallor fell over the irrepressibly colourful Tour in light of yesterday's terror attack. But the French spirit is just as immutable and in a statement released before the race, Tour director Christian Prudhomme said the race must go on. 

"We wondered about having a race today or not. But in agreement with the state authorities we believe that the race must go on and we shouldn't give in to the pressure of the people who would like us to change our lifestyle. 

"The Tour will go on, in sobriety and dignity.”

The opening and finishing ceremonies were silent, as was the publicity caravan that precedes the race, and the presentation ceremony was uniquely understated in a mark of respect to the slain. There was none of the normal pomp and splendour of the podium, a fact that the riders appreciated and seems to fit the mood of the nation, as it seems improper to celebrate at a time when so many are grieving.

The yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome was quick to move beyond what would normally considered a triumph. 

“I gave my everything today but, it's too sad. It's the strangest moment of my career. It's difficult to talk about today's stage. With what is happening in France, it gives a different perspective about the race. My thoughts go with all the families in Nice and those affected. I do a lot of training on those roads. To see the Promenade with all the dead bodies and the horrific scenes is devastating. I express my deepest sympathy and my condolences to those who lost their loved ones.”

GC shake up

Tour leader Chris Froome took time on all his major rivals for the general classification and now sits atop the leaderboard with minutes in hand.

Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finished in 53 minutes and 23 seconds conceding another two minutes and five seconds to Froome and now sits fourth overall. 

The biggest surprise of the day was Bauke Mollema (Trek-Seagfredo) who continued his strong form from Mont Ventoux. Not noted as an elite rider against the clock, Mollema finished sixth in the time trial. The Dutch rider is now second on GC, one minute and 47 seconds behind Froome. 

Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) fell back to third overall but still leads the young rider's competition after finishing three minutes and one second behind Dumoulin. 

A consummate time triallist, Richie Porte (BMC) was expected to perform strongly but he finished in the same time as Quintana, back in 21st. However, the Tasmanian's time was enough to move him up into eighth overall and only one minute and 42 seconds off the podium. 

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As it happened

Australia's Dennis spent some time in the lead early on and felt happy with his ride. 

"It's been a tough Tour so far. Considering it's stage 13, it's a different feeling time trialing with super fatigue, especially when the course is so hard, not just the climbing in general but the wind as well played a huge part," he said. 

Half an hour later, four-time Portuguese national time trial champion Nelson Oliviera (Movistar) bested Dennis' time by 10 seconds and led the stage until Dumoulin stormed through two hours later to claim the top spot that he wouldn't relinquish. 

Not everyone came through the stage unscathed with Trek Segafredo's Edward Theuns abandoning after a nasty crash early on course. 

Julian Alaphillippe (Etixx-Quickstep) also crashed in dramatic style but suffered only bruises and continued on. Romain Bardet (AG2R) notably struggled with the conditions, being physically moved across the road by the wind while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) also overcooked a corner but stayed upright. 

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