Tour De France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Will Keep Yellow Jersey Thursday

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2012

MACON, FRANCE - JULY 11:  Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Sky Procycling in the race leader's yellow jersey stops by the team car for a chat with director Sean Yates during stage ten of the 2012 Tour de France from Macon to Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine on July 11, 2012 in Macon, France.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Bradley Wiggins has the best cyclists in the world breathing down his neck, but he will still retain the yellow jersey after Stage 11 of the Tour de France.

Wiggins currently has a one minute and 53 second lead over defending champ Cadel Evans, and barring an injury or devastating crash, his lead is safe. 

Wiggins, who is looking to become the first British rider ever to win the historic race, has been dominant thus far. He's followed his plan perfectly, surging ahead to win stages when he has to, and sitting back and safely protecting his overall lead when the situation calls for it.

Now, with the grueling 148 kilometer Stage 11 on the horizon, I'm expecting him to excel.

Wiggins has proven time and time again this year that he's comfortable on the big stage.

He won the Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné this year, while also finishing third in the Vuelta. He's not intimidated by high stakes or tough terrain, and given his success with climbing stages, he should be just fine on Thursday.

Wiggins specializes in time trials, but he's one of the best climbers in this race. Add in the fact that he has a great team helping him out, and I'd be shocked if he failed in Stage 11.