Wiggins still in command
Bradley Wiggins remains in control of the Tour de France
Challengers to Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins left it late to launch an attack on stage 17 in the Pyrenees.
The cyclist is seeking to become the first British winner of the yellow jersey in Paris on Sunday and began the day with a lead of two minutes five seconds over Team Sky colleague Chris Froome, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali 18 seconds further adrift.
No other rider was within five minutes of the triple Olympic champion at the start of the 143.5-kilometre route from Bagneres-de-Luchon to Peyragudes.
Nibali's Liquigas-Cannondale team were prominent, but Wiggins' Team Sky were present in numbers at the summit of the day's penultimate climb, the 11.7km hors categorie (beyond category) Port de Bales.
It left Nibali - and anyone else seeking to overhaul Wiggins, who was wearing the maillot jaune for a 10th day - needing to make their move on the descent and the day's final ascent, the 15.4km climb to Peyragudes.
The next opportunity for time gains after stage 17 is Saturday's penultimate day time-trial, with Wiggins imperious in the discipline.
Phenomenal performance yet again by team Sky,even though Liquigas came out to play today but in the end didnt have the legs.Another interesting day looms tomorrow and it wouldnt surprise me if Sky aren't lining up a stage win for Chris Froome with Wiggo taking the time trial on saturday then to top it off Cav winning the final stage in Paris.Well I can dream can't I? So all you cycling addicts dont forget when voting for BBC Sports personalities of the year comes round who to cast your votes for.
Wiggo for sports personality individual award & Team Sky for the team award...lets nail it on for these guys
cmon bradley do it for chorley!!! everyones rooting for you in the swan with two knecks!
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