Denis Menchov, Tour de France 2012, stage nine

Having devoted much of his life to going faster against the clock, Michael Hutchinson wasn't going to cover the Tour de France for Cycling Weekly and Eurosport without bringing home some notes for himself.

Monday's time trial in Besancon presented an ideal opportunity for him to see what the professional teams were up to against the watch. Here he summarises some of his observations.

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Michael Hutchinson is a writer, journalist and former professional cyclist. As a rider he won multiple national titles in both Britain and Ireland and competed at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He was a three-time Brompton folding-bike World Champion, and once hit 73 mph riding down a hill in Wales. His Dr Hutch columns appears in every issue of Cycling Weekly magazine