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Bradley Wiggins wins Stage 9 of Tour de France

July 09, 2012|By Chuck Schilken
  • Bradley Wiggins dominated the field in Monday's time trial at the Tour de France.
Bradley Wiggins dominated the field in Monday's time trial at the… (Pascal Pavani / AFP/Getty…)

Bradley Wiggins won the first big time trial at the Tour de France on Monday, strengthening his grip on the overall leader's yellow jersey in the process.

Wiggins dominated the 25.8-mile race against the clock in Stage 9 of the race, between Arc-et Senans and Besancon.

"That was my physical best out there," said Wiggins, a three-time Olympic track champion who is attempting to become the first British winner of the Tour. "It's probably my best time trial ever."

He finished 35 seconds ahead of runner-up Christopher Froome, Wiggins' Sky teammate and countryman, and 1:43 ahead of Australian Cadel Evans, who finished sixth.

Evans, the defending Tour champion, is still second in the overall standings but now trails Wiggins by 1:53. Froome jumped from sixth to third, trailing Wiggins by 2:07.

"My goal was to get a minute on Cadel. ... I've come away with a bit more than that, it's a bonus," Wiggins said. "Winning the stage is like Christmas -- it's brilliant."


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