Stage winner Tony Martin of Germany celebrates on the podium of the eleventh stage of the Tour de Francecycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

Stage winner Tony Martin of Germany celebrates on the podium of the eleventh stage of the Tour de Francecycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

(Reuters) – Britain’s Chris Froome extended his overall lead in the Tour de France after finishing second in the stage 11 time trial behind hot favorite Tony Martin.

Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

German world time trial champion Martin, who suffered concussion in a mass crash on the race’s first stage, blasted round the flat 33-km course in 36 minutes 29 seconds.

Froome, adorned in the race leader’s yellow jersey, was the last man down the start ramp and was two seconds quicker than Martin at 22km.

Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland passes world heritage site Mont-Saint-Michel, rear, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland passes world heritage site Mont-Saint-Michel, rear, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

But the Team Sky rider could not maintain the pace pedaling into a headwind over the latter part of the stage and finished 12 seconds down on Martin, with Belgian Thomas De Gendt third.

Spectators, some with British flags, cheer as Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Spectators, some with British flags, cheer as Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, passes during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Froome, Olympic time trial bronze medalist, was the big winner of the day, though, gaining two minutes on his nearest rival in the race standings and now leads Spain’s Alejandro Valverde by 3:25.

Thomas de Gendt of Belgium strains during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

Thomas de Gendt of Belgium strains during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands remains third overall 3:37 back with twice Tour champion Alberto Contador fourth at 3:54.

Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark passes through Ducey during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark passes through Ducey during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 33 kilometers starting in Avranches and finishing in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France, Wednesday July 10 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

(Editing by Alison Wildey)