Nine stages in, can Wiggins continue his dominance of the Tour de France?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Before the beginning of the 99th Tour de France, many bookmakers predicted that Bradley Wiggins was the number one choice to wrestle the yellow jersey away from defending champion Cadel Evans.
The 32 year old Wiggins was the clear favourite to become the first Brit in the 109-year history of the Tour de France to win the competition, and nine stages in, he hasn't disappointed.
In Stage 9 on Monday, Wiggins opened up a commanding lead over nearest challenger Evans, creating a gap of one minute and 43 seconds to take his first ever stage win and beat time-trial specialists Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin.
With Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish each winning a stage this year, this is the most successful start for British cycling ever at the Tour de France. We've seen the first ever British one-two in a stage, as well as the first ever time that three British cyclists (Wiggins, Froome and Cavendish) have won a stage in a single tour.
As Wiggins and Team Sky head into the mountains to tackle the Alps and the Pyrenees, the pressure is on Wiggins to see if he can hold on to the yellow jersey and become the first ever Brit since the Tour began to win it all.
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