Updated: 22/07/2012 10:42 | By pa.press.net

Wiggins on verge of history



Bradley Wiggins takes a 3min 21sec lead into the final day of the Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins takes a 3min 21sec lead into the final day of the Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins is set to become the first British winner of the Tour de France after an imperious victory in the stage 19 time-trial to Chartres.

In the 99th edition of the sport's most fabled race, the 32-year-old Londoner is poised to ride Sunday's 120-kilometre 20th stage from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees in Paris knowing he will return home victorious.

Wiggins, a three-time Olympic champion, began the 53.5km time-trial from Bonneval to Chartres with an advantage of two minutes five seconds over Team Sky colleague Chris Froome and enhanced his hold on the maillot jaune with a scintillating display against the clock to take a 3mins 21secs lead into the final day.

Wiggins completed the route in one hour four minutes 12 seconds. Froome was 1min 16secs slower in 1.05:29 to place second on the stage and all but confirm second place overall, with the final stage effectively a procession to the finish on the Champs-Elysees.

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) is set to complete the podium despite not being in contention in the time trial. The Italian finished in 1.07:51 to place 16th on the stage, 3:38 behind Wiggins, and fall 6:19 adrift overall.

Wiggins, who crashed out of the 2011 Tour with a broken collarbone as Cadel Evans triumphed, said: "It's the Tour. It doesn't get much bigger than this.

"You couldn't write a better script. What a way to finish. I wouldn't say it was a lap of honour, because it hurt. But I just wanted to finish the job off in style.

"There was a lot of emotion in the last 10k. Everything was going through my mind.

"All the years of getting to this point, my family, disappointments, crashing out the Tour last year, watching Cadel in this very position a year ago in Grenoble.

"I always imagined what that would feel like and now I know."

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21/07/2012 17:23
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Wiggins is a star! He is a true sportsman with passion, he can speak and he has an impeccable dress and music sense! Which is alot more than can be said for any of our football players.
21/07/2012 17:47
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I am not interested in bikes BUT i must say , WHAT A CREDIT YOU ARE TO US ALL IN THE UK and i would wish you all the best mate .

21/07/2012 17:24
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He should light the Olympic Flame.!!!!!!!!

 

22/07/2012 05:38
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cannot put into words, what this must mean to you ,and all who have helped you to acheive this goal. people dont realize just how much winning this is acheived, years and years of dedication, you dont just come from nowhere to win this.its a pity footballers dont have the same head as you, helping the opposition when his chips are down, surving terrible crashes ,only to get back up and carry regardless of the injuries, can you imagine footballers gettig up after kick on the shin, instead of trying to get the opposition booked or worse. SIT UP and take note and look at a true and dedicated athlete.WELL DONE TO ALL OF YOU AND HOPE IT ALL GOES AS PLANNED.  A TRUE HERO
21/07/2012 23:44
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great sport great sportsman, its taken over 100 years to get a winner but well worth the wait, well done BRADLEY and all the team.  

21/07/2012 18:42
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What a breath of fresh air Bradley is, especially if you compare him to our Prima Donna football players who are only interested in money.

All the best to him its a credit to him. 

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We have a story about a great sportsman who is enjoying   doing something for his country and his pleasure. The tributes to him are spoilt by SADDOS coming on here with their pathetic love life stories and trying to promote their wbsites. Sad people whose comments are always given the thumbs down.

KEEP OFF our topics,  you are spoiling good debate.

22/07/2012 07:58
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Wishing you the very best of luck Bradley. Enjoy your glory in France, its a testament to all your hard work, dedication and sacrifice not to mention your determination to overcome any setbacks. I feel sure a victory like this will help to further spur on our Olympic team in the coming weeks to prove that Britain is still a sporting national to be reckoned with.
Breathe in the sweet smell of victory with each turn of your pedals knowing that the nation is behind you all the way to the Champs-Elysees and take great pride in having inspired many budding champions into striving to be the best they can be.
Good luck and best wishes

22/07/2012 06:34
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THIS IS THE ONE TO LIGHT THE OLYMPIC FLAME
21/07/2012 23:05
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good luck bradley

 

nice to see a BRITISH sportsman doing so well

 

 

21/07/2012 23:51
21/07/2012 23:18
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Well done Bradley & Team Sky.  Fantastic achievememt. Can't wait to watch the closing ceremony in Paris.  Hope Cav gets the stage win as well.  Good Luck for the Olympics.

21/07/2012 17:55
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Bravo Bradley

The greatest achievement by any British Sportsman - ever(including Sir Steve)

Sir Bradley Wiggins?

21/07/2012 23:05
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This is bigger than 1966, this is Englands greatest sporting moment , well done BW and all whom have supported you.

 

21/07/2012 18:06
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I was reading extracts from his book in the Sun today and his story is a rather amzing one, to finish it off with this is what he deserves, go on brad, bring it home!
21/07/2012 18:03
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Well done Lord Bradley and Sir Froome - exceptional!!! 
21/07/2012 17:31
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I now know why my Sky package is so expensive :D Only joking and it is great to see not only Bradley Wiggins finishing 1st but also Chris Froome finishing second. A great credit to the british people and it makes me very proud.

 

Well done guys :)

21/07/2012 23:36
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The country is proud  of you, an example  of dedication planning and fitness
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THE BEST OF LUCK ON SUNDAY BRADLEY GO SOCK IT TO THEM
22/07/2012 01:41
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Omg,,,,,,I dont think the man knows how proud we are of him,,,,,,,,,,,,Sit back Wiggans, and enjoy the Olympics.........And like most Great Brits,,,,,,,you didnt need an ehancer.  o:)
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Wiggins on verge of historyBradley Wiggins is set to become the first British winner of the Tour de France after an imperious victory in the stage 19 time-trial to Chartres.pa.press.net2012-07-22T10:42:532012-07-22T10:42:53Bradley Wiggins takes a 3min 21sec lead into the final day of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins is set to become the first British winner of the Tour de France after an imperious victory in the stage 19 time-trial to Chartres.In the 99th edition of the sport's most fabled race, the 32-year-old Londoner is poised to ride Sunday's 120-kilometre 20th stage from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees in Paris knowing he will return home victorious.Wiggins, a three-time Olympic champion, began the 53.5km time-trial from Bonneval to Chartres with an advantage of two minutes five seconds over Team Sky colleague Chris Froome and enhanced his hold on the maillot jaune with a scintillating display against the clock to take a 3mins 21secs lead into the final day.Wiggins completed the route in one hour four minutes 12 seconds. 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