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Bradley Wiggins wins time trial of Tour de France

07-10-2012 14:08 BJT

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This year’s overwhelming favourite in the Tour de France is Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins. Overnight he had the chance to extend his advantage in the leader’s yellow jersey as riders tackled the first long time trial.

The three-time Olympic track champion completed the 41.5 kilometre course from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon in a time of fifty-one minutes and twenty-four seconds, strengthening his grip on the yellow jersey over defending champion Cadel Evans.

Stage winner, overall leader's yellow jersey British Bradley Wiggins, celebrates on
the podium at the end of the 41.5 km individual time-trial and ninth stage of the
2012 Tour de France cycling race starting in Arc-et-Senans and finishing in Besancon,
eastern France. (AFP Photo/Pascal Pavanii)

Wiggins was thirty-five seconds faster than his Sky teammate Chris Froome, who finished second, while Olympic champion and prologue winner Fabian Cancellara was third, fifty-seven seconds off the pace.

Defending champion Cadel Evans lost one minute forty-three seconds on Wiggins and now trails the leader by one minute fifty-three seconds. The 178 riders have a rest day today followed by two days in the Alps including a summit finish on Thursday.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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