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Bradley Wiggins won the final time trial in the 2012 Tour de Romandie to secure the overall victory in the Swiss WorldTour stage race on Sunday.

Wiggins (Sky) clocked the fastest time on the hilly 16.5-kilometre course, crucially finishing one minute and 23 seconds faster than overnight race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank).

American Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Barracuda) finished second on the stage to secure the best young rider classification and second overall. Wiggins’ Sky team-mate Richie Porte placed third on the stage.

Rui Costa (Movistar) completed the overall podium in third after finishing fourth on the final day in Switzerland. Sanchez tumbled to finish 10th overall, 1-15 adrift of Wiggins.

Sky rounded out the top five with Porte in fourth and Michael Rogers in fifth, a very strong showing for the British-based team that will set alarm bells ringing for their Tour de France rivals. Sky rode strongly all week in a tough race, barely putting a tactical foot wrong.

It’s the first time a British rider has won the Tour de Romandie since its first edition in 1947. It’s also Wiggins’ third major stage race win in the past 12 months after taking the Criterium du Dauphine (in 2011) and Paris-Nice (in March). 

Despite setting the fastest time on the day, it didn’t all go the British rider’s way. Wiggins lost several valuable seconds when his chain unshipped as he shifted chainrings. The following Sky team car stopped swiftly, and he was back up and running quickly.

Wiggins soon regained composure and his rhythm, posting the fastest time at the first intermediate checkpoint and continuing the momentum until the line. The effort showed at the finish – he had to be helped off his bike, and slumped to the floor.

“It was a true test of a GC rider,” Wiggins said of the final stage. “It had a bit of everything in it plus a mechanical for myself.

“I’m pleased with the way I handled that moment because a few years ago I might have thrown my toys out of the pram and chucked my bike down the ravine! It was a good test for the bigger races coming up and I’m delighted.”

Porte had been the first rider to dip under the 30-minute barrier at the finish, clocking 29-13. That stood as fastest time until Talansky came through with 28-57, and then Wiggins with 28-56.

With a wildly undulating course and blustery conditions, Wiggins elected to use a road bike with clip-on bars rather than a full-on time trial machine – as did the majority of the other top-seeded riders, including Rogers and Sanchez. Talansky, though, opted for his time trial machine.

Wiggins’ WorldTour points earned from Romandie, added to those collected from Paris-Nice, mean that he moves up to fifth in the UCI rankings. Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) currently tops the table.

Results

Tour de Romandie 2012, stage five: Crans-Montana to Crans-Montana, 16.5km ITT


1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky in 28-56

2. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 1 sec

3. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky at 17 secs

4. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar at 23 secs

5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 40 secs

6. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale at 42 secs

7. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 43 secs

8. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat at 52 secs

9. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM at 54 secs

10. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 55 secs

Final overall classification

1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky in 18-05-40

2. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 12 secs

3. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar at 36 secs

4. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky at 45 secs

5. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 50 secs

6. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana at 59 secs

7. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale at 1-03

8. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha at 1-13

9. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 1-14

10. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank at 1-15





Andrew Talansky





Bradley Wiggins





Bradley Wiggins wins 2012 Tour de Romandie, with Andrew Talansky in second (left) and Rui Costa in third (right)

Tour de Romandie 2012: Reports



Stage four: Sanchez wins again to snatch yellow



Stage three: LL Sanchez sprints to victory



Stage two: Hivert breaks Sky’s winning run



Stage one: Wiggins makes it two out of two for Sky



Prologue: Geraint Thomas wins

Tour de Romandie 2012: Photos



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Stage four photo gallery



Stage three photo gallery



Stage two photo gallery



Stage one photo gallery



Prologue photo gallery

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  • Frank Green

    I thought Wiggins comments about Contador where not those of great sportsman. ” we need a tdf winner that we can believe in” Does wiggins want to start debating the great tdf winners like Pantani and merckx. Ive got issues with the synthetics included in gels and protein powders, creatine in powdered form is unhealthy. Never mind blood values published lets see what these clean cyclists put in their body. Gels, iron supplements etc help and benefit just like doping- i personally dont see any difference- Wiggins or contador. thorburn or alex higgins the choice is yours.

  • Ken Evans

    Not bad for an old trackie !
    (But should sort that chain out)

  • Mark Jones

    Well done Wiggo – this is a great achievement to have one three of the top stage races outside of the Grand Tours in the last twelve months. Add to this his third at La Vuelta and silver in the world TT champs then he really is on great form. A well deserved rest now before continuing the bid to be the first Brit to win Le Tour which is looking a possibility now.

  • Organised Confusion

    An impressive victory Wiggo but we all need to be slightly cautious here to avoid a danger of peaking too soon. It’s the 3 weeks in July which count and may allow Mr. Brailsford to deliver the previously impossible.

    It bodes well and hopefully demonstrates the team commitment which it has been suggested is lacking the devotion to a certain world champion…………………………………………………………

  • Eric

    geez, wiggo is killing it this year. scary what he’ll do in the Olympic games. best of wishes to the britons, gonna be a great summer.

  • lloyd

    Great stuff Mr Wiggins! Hey what happens to Cavandish?

  • arronski

    Go Wiggo ! top team performance. {when he dropped the chain i expected the worst , but Bradley and mechanics where as cool as !

  • bigsambw

    history awaits you bradley,dont peak too soon though, tdf is the goal.nothing comes near cycling wise.

  • adam

    Brilliant! Well done Wiggins! Another superb win… Doesn’t matter what the rest of the year brings, these two stage race wins are an acheivement in themselves! Well done!

  • Guy

    Perfectly executed performance coupled with maturing tactical management from Team Sky.

  • Mick Ballard

    Bradley

    Brilliant!

    Best wishes