Bradley Wiggins destroyed the opposition to win his first Tour de France stage in the 41.5km individual time trial from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon this afternoon.

The Team Sky rider beat team-mate Chris Froome by 35 seconds, while early pace setter Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) had to settle for third.

Crucially though for Wiggins, he finished an impressive 1-43 ahead of defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) 2-07 in arrears.

Going into tomorrow’s first rest day, two British riders sit first and third on GC, a remarkable feat and one reminiscent of last year’s Vuelta.

Evans is now 1-53 behind Wiggins, with Froome just 14 seconds behind the Australian.

Great Britons

It initially appeared that Cancellara’s time of 52-21 for the undulating course would be enough for him to notch up his ninth Tour stage victory.

Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) looked like he was going to knock the Swiss rider off top spot. However, after a fast start, Van Garderen finished nine seconds off the provisional fastest time.

By then, Froome was underway and going even faster and, having set the fastest time at both checkpoints along the course, he duly set the fastest time.

With only five riders left to finish after Froome, it seemed likely that only Wiggins could beat that time. And that was exactly what he did; five seconds faster at the 16.5km mark, he was 16 seconds quicker at the 31.5km check. Come the finish, Wiggins had put an impressive 35 seconds into his team-mate.

Froome’s ride was still good enough to see him leapfrog Haimar Zubeldia, Denis Menchov and Vincenzo Nibali on GC.

Aditionally, only four riders are within three minutes of Wiggins on the standings, and seven sit under five minutes.

“Everyone was tired last night, and you don’t know how you were going to recover, but that’s what I’m good at,” Wiggins said afterwards. “I felt good today, as soon as I did my first pedal stroke I knew I was on a good one.

“I didn’t set out for the stage win, to get that is a bonus.”

Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) now lies 8-19 off Wiggins in 17th place, with former Giro winners Ivan Basso and Michele Scarponi 9-06 and 10-27 behind respectively.

Results

Tour de France 2012, stage nine: Arc-et-Senans to Besancon, 41.5km

1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky in 51-24


2. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky at 35 secs

3. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan at 57 secs

4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 1-06

5. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 1-24

6. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 1-43

7. Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 1-59

8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 2-07

9. Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha at 2-08

10. Andreas Kloden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan at 2-09

Other

12. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 2-16

23. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale at 3-08

36. David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp at 4-14

39. Steve Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing at 4-23

44. Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan at 4-32

51. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 4-46

161. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky at 8-43

Overall classification after stage nine

1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky in 39-09-20


2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 1-53

3. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky at 2-07

4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 2-23

5. Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha at 3-02

6. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan at 3-19

7. Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan at 4-23

8. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 5-14

9. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 5-20

10. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r La Mondiale at 5-29





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  • Proud to be British

    Ooooooh, it really cuts! Don’t know what’s better, watching Wiggo, Froomey, et al ace the Tour, or that that the Aussies, Yanks, French, Italians, and likely a few more are smarting a bit! Everybody loves a loser usually because it makes themselves feel better. But when the loser fights back and in style thats something else!

    I genuinely don’t believe the guys are doping in this Tour, they actually look human for a change – all skinny sinews and huddled over bikes at the finish.

  • Jon

    Glad I’ve never been on the doping forums then… it sounds like DopeToWin should call team Sky right away and give them his invaluable advice, before they crash the internet! Are these people real or is it another ruse from the Armstrong defence league, generating a tidal wave of trumped up doping allegations to give credence to his witch hunt mantra?

    In other news, what a fantastic day for Wiggo, Froome and British cycling! They really have done us proud.

  • Piskian

    Shut it.No idea what you;re on about.

  • DopeToWin

    What more could you ask for? You could ask them to just tone it down a bit – the doping forums are so hot right now they might crash the entire internet. People are not gonna believe in these performances. If, after tomorrow’s transfusion day, they clean sweep/dominate the mountains, people will once again be pointing and laughing and questioning the sport of professional cycling. They need to reign it in a bit.

  • adam

    Amazing. Absolutely brilliant! Well done to Wiggins and Froome!!! Three different British stage winners: a sprint, a climb and a TT. What more could you ask for????