Wiggins on verge of history
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."
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The greatest achievement by any British Sportsman - ever(including Sir Steve)
Sir Bradley Wiggins?
This is bigger than 1966, this is Englands greatest sporting moment , well done BW and all whom have supported you.
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 :)