Tour De France 2012: What Bradley Wiggins Must Do to Keep the Yellow Jersey

Joe Fitzhenry@@joefitz1014Correspondent IIJuly 9, 2012

PORRENTRUY, SWITZERLAND - JULY 08:  Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling retained his yellow jersey during stage eight of the 2012 Tour de France from Belfort to Porrentruy on July 8, 2012 in Porrentruy, Switzerland.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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As Stage 9 of the 2012 Tour de France got underway this morning, Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain was once again wearing the yellow jersey. 

Monday marks the third consecutive day that Wiggins has worn the yellow jersey and this article will discuss what he needs to do in order to keep it. 

Wiggins is trying to become the first British cyclist to ever win the Tour de France. 

As of this morning, he holds a 10-second lead over Cadel Evans of BMC Racing and a 16-second lead over Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas-Cannondale, his two closest pursuers. 

It may sound simple, but the biggest thing that Wiggins needs to do to keep the yellow jersey is to hold the momentum that we have seen over the course of this year's Tour and in 2012 as a whole. 

He has been outstanding so far this year, capturing victories in the Paris-Nice in March and the Criterium du Dauphine in June. 

A handful of good races, like the two that I mentioned above, and Wiggins will add a Tour de France title to his growing resume. 

Today's time trial gives the Great Britain native a chance to open his lead over Evans and Nibali before the riders take a day of rest tomorrow. 

Not everything has been rosy for Wiggins, though, as some talk of doping use has made its way onto social media platforms in recent days. 

According to Jamey Keaten of the Associated Press, the Team Sky rider unleashed an attack against those people on Sunday, having this to say following the completion of Stage 8. 

"I cannot be dealing with people like that. It justifies their own bone-idleness because they can't ever imagine applying themselves to anything in their lives," he said. "And it's easy for them to sit under a pseudonym on Twitter and write that."

Those are certainly some pretty strong words from the current leader of the Tour de France, but whomever this year's winner is will face a multitude of questions regarding doping. 

Thus, the nature of cycling today. 

Going forward, keeping his cool and holding that momentum will be paramount to Wiggins becoming the first Brit to ever capture the Tour de France.