Updated: 12/07/2012 10:49 | By pa.press.net

Wiggins retains Tour lead



Bradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de France

Briton Bradley Wiggins successfully defended the yellow jersey for a third day as the Tour de France headed towards the Alps and Thomas Voeckler won the 10th stage in the Jura Mountains.

The 194.5-kilometre route from Macon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine featured the first hors categorie (beyond category) ascent, the 17.4km climb of Col du Grand Colombier, and had the potential to shake up the general classification.

But Wiggins, with Team Sky colleague Richie Porte strong throughout the day, finished three minutes 16 seconds behind Voeckler to retain a 1min 53secs lead over second-placed Cadel Evans (BMC Racing). Chris Froome (Team Sky) stayed third, 2:07 behind.

Defending champion Evans attempted to claw back some seconds in the finale but Wiggins was alert and stuck to the Australian's wheel to roll in one place behind him in 13th place.

Voeckler (Europcar), who wore the maillot jaune for 10 days of the 2011 Tour, finished ahead of Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), with Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan) third. It was the Frenchman's third Tour stage success.

Wiggins will on Thursday become the first Briton to wear the maillot jaune for four days in one Tour, beating the previous best of three days set by Chris Boardman in 1994 and David Millar in 2000, but keeping it in Paris on July 22 is his main goal.

The 148km 11th stage from Albertville to La Toussuire features two hors categorie (beyond category) climbs and ends with an 18km category one ascent to the finish.

It is a day when his lead in the general classification could come under threat.

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11/07/2012 23:26
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This is major news but hardly anyone is reporting this properly. The newspapers are still full of football, even though it's the close season! MSN have treated it as a minor story, 30 second updates on the news. Britain has never had this kind of leader/team in the Tour de France before with the prospect and possibility of an outright winner. Most of the other comments here don't relate to the story! Get a grip and cheer on Bradley Wiggins and the Sky Team. 
12/07/2012 00:34
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GO brad, it will be good to see you win and achive your goal.
12/07/2012 00:14
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More English sucess, come on bradley!
12/07/2012 00:35
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have a good ride  brad and the lads - we're with you in thought and spirit
12/07/2012 06:51
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This is just great. What an athlete.
12/07/2012 11:01
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Yes Brad and the sky team are doing a brilliant job,a record fourth day in the maillot jaune, but my fear is that Sky team are doing too much work at front of the pelliton,maybe forefieting the yellow jersey for the time being would be a good idea letting another team do some work for a change,BMC look ok on the flat stages but somewhat ragged at climbing leaving Evans latched onto Brads wheel.Now we all want to see Team Sky blow away the oposition but it aint going to be as easy as that theres still some top riders in contention, but realistically if Brad barring any serious accident is still in contention a week this friday for the final Time Trial then i'm sure we could well be celebrating, but if its not to be we at least can boast the fact that these Athletes have given their all in their attempt,unlike some of our supposed National Treasures that litter back front and centre pages of our newspapers daily.   

              

12/07/2012 01:05
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He has obviously got the best chemist this time around....
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Wiggins retains Tour leadBriton Bradley Wiggins successfully defended the yellow jersey for a third day as the Tour de France headed towards the Alps and Thomas Voeckler won the 10th stage in the Jura Mountains.pa.press.net2012-07-12T10:49:242012-07-12T10:49:24Bradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBriton Bradley Wiggins successfully defended the yellow jersey for a third day as the Tour de France headed towards the Alps and Thomas Voeckler won the 10th stage in the Jura Mountains.The 194.5-kilometre route from Macon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine featured the first hors categorie (beyond category) ascent, the 17.4km climb of Col du Grand Colombier, and had the potential to shake up the general classification.But Wiggins, with Team Sky colleague Richie Porte strong throughout the day, finished three minutes 16 seconds behind Voeckler to retain a 1min 53secs lead over second-placed Cadel Evans (BMC Racing). Chris Froome (Team Sky) stayed third, 2:07 behind.Defending champion Evans attempted to claw back some seconds in the finale but Wiggins was alert and stuck to the Australian's wheel to roll in one place behind him in 13th place.Voeckler (Europcar), who wore the maillot jaune for 10 days of the 2011 Tour, finished ahead of Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), with Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan) third. It was the Frenchman's third Tour stage success.Wiggins will on Thursday become the first Briton to wear the maillot jaune for four days in one Tour, beating the previous best of three days set by Chris Boardman in 1994 and David Millar in 2000, but keeping it in Paris on July 22 is his main goal.The 148km 11th stage from Albertville to La Toussuire features two hors categorie (beyond category) climbs and ends with an 18km category one ascent to the finish.It is a day when his lead in the general classification could come under threat.seo_keywordsTour de France W16**Bradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins maintained his lead on stage 10 of the Tour de France

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