Saturday, 21 July 2012
2012 Tour de France: Bradley Wiggins 1st and Chris Froome 2nd
Bradley Wiggins confirmed this afternoon that he will be the first Briton to win the Tour de France by riding very impressively to win the time trial stage from Bonneval to Chartres. Chris Froome underlined the dominance of Sky with second place. Wiggins demonstrated that he was the strongest rider overall in this year's Tour.
Bradley scorched around the 53.5K course in 1.04.13 followed by Chris Froome 1.16 back with long time leader Luis-Leon Sanchez, who did a fine ride, holding on to third 1.50 back on Wiggins. The next two riders were Peter Velits on 2.02 and Richie Porte, another Sky rider, on 2.25. Cadel Evans had another miserable day finishing 5.54 down. It looked halfway through that he might lose even more but was able to pull himself together in the second part.
Overall Bradley Wiggins now leads Chris Froome by 3.21 followed by Vincenzo Nibali on 6.19, Jurgen Van den Broeck on 10.15, Tejay Van Garderen (11.04), Haimar Zubeldia (15.43), Cadel Evans (15.51), Pierre Rolland (16.31), Janex Brajkovic (16.38) and young Thibaut Pinot holding on to his 10th place at 17.17.