Tour De France 2012: Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky Are Stealing the Show

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2012

MACON, FRANCE - JULY 10:  Tour de France race leader Bradley Wiggins (left) of Great Britain and SKY Procycling rides with team mate Chris Froome at the front of a team training ride on the first rest day of the 2012 Tour de France on July 10, 2012 in Macon, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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It may be the Tour de France, but right now the race has been owned at the top by British riders Bradley Wiggins and Christopher Froome.

I think it's safe to say it has been a good Tour thus far for Team Sky.

Wiggins currently sits in first place overall, a spot many thought would be occupied by last year's winner, Cadel Evans. But after Thursday's ride, the defending champion had dropped to fourth place, sitting a sizable three minutes and 19 seconds off the pace.

Meanwhile, one of the more interesting moments in Thursday's Stage 11 was Christopher Froome, who shot up the mountain at one point and left Wiggins in the dust. However, it was thought he received instruction from his radio to wait and support Wiggins, and he slowed his pace.

However, that raised questions as to who the strongest rider in Team Sky actually is and, at the same time, some critiques of Froome's ride on Thursday. From Peter Scrivener of BBC:

Chris Froome rightly getting plenty of plaudits on text and twitter for his ride today. He almost forgot he had a job to do in getting Wiggins up the mountain as he went on the attack. He looked fried several kilometres from the finish but he somehow managed to find the energy to get back on the front and take Wiggins to the summit.

Froome now sits in second place, still two minutes and five seconds off the pace, but quite a coup at the top of the leaderboard for Team Sky.

But what has happened to Cadel Evans? He lost a minute off the pace today and seriously dropped behind the leaders on the mountain. He's now in some trouble at this point in the Tour, and he will need to rebound in a big way if he wants to repeat as champion.

But for now, we're watching a British invasion of France. It certainly appears that Wiggins is going to pull away and win the title.

If Froome doesn't randomly shoot ahead of him, that is.

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