Tour De France 2012 Stage 9 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights
Bradley Wiggins of Sky Procycling increased his lead today in Stage 9 of Tour de France, clocking in a time of 51 minutes, 24 seconds and winning the yellow jersey.
The Brit now leads Australian defending champion Cadel Evans by 1 minute, 53 seconds after the 26-mile time trial.
Evans, of BMC Racing, finished sixth in the stage, 1 minute and 43 seconds behind Wiggins.
Promising young American Tejay van Garderen, meanwhile, continues to pace his teammate well, earning the white jersey once again on Monday. He beat all racers 25 years old or younger in Stage 9—clocking in at 52 minutes, 30 seconds—and leads the youthful group overall with a time of 39 hours 14 minutes 34 seconds.
Wiggins' first-stage win of the Tour de France came as no surprise to the Brit, who placed fourth at the 2009 Tour de France.
Wiggins told Eurosport after the stage, via Bloomberg.com, "That’s what I do best: time-trialing. I get into my zone.”
There's still a long way to go for Wiggins, with Evans nipping at his heels, but he's certainly gotten off to a great start.
For the full Stage 9 results, feel free to click here.
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General Classification Leaderboard
1. Bradley Wiggins, Sky Procycling, 39:09:20
2. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing, +01:53
3. Christopher Froome, Sky, +02:07
4. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas-Cannondale, +02:23
5. Denis Menchov, Katusha, +03:02
6. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre, RadioShack-Nissan, +03:19
7. Maxime Monfort, RadioShack-Nissan, +04:23
8. Tejay van Garderen, BMC Racing, +05:14
9. Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Lotto-Belisol, +05:20
10. Nicolas Roche, AG2R La Mondiale, +05:29
Here's a breakdown of the race today, via UCI World Tour.
There will be a rest day on Tuesday, with the action picking up in Stage 10 on Wednesday. Stage 10 features the Jura mountain range, including a difficult climb up the Col du Grand Colombier. Look for the workhorses to emerge ahead of the pack in this stage.
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