British rider Bradley Wiggins continued his dominance of this year's Tour de France on Thursday, extending his lead to more than two minutes and leaving defending champion Cadel Evans in the dust on the final climb of the day.
Pierre Rolland won the stage, which was the 11th of this year's tour and included two climbs that were so brutal they are considered outside of classification. Wiggins' Team Sky compatriot Chris Froome jumped into second place as Evans broke on the day's final climb and fell to fourth place overall.
Wiggins may have secured victory in this year's Tour by putting Evans so far behind him. There is a lot of time left in the event, but the Brit and the rest of Team Sky have put themselves in a fantastic position moving forward.
Team Sky and Wiggins just have not made mistakes in this year's Tour, and appear perfectly set up to keep the yellow jersey until Paris. Evans and the rest of the top rivals in the event must start attacking now and not stop until the race is over.
It's time for Evans and company to go for broke because it doesn't look like Wiggins can be caught right now. His team is too strong, and he has proven to be too good on climbs and in the all-important time trials.
It appears little more than a formality that Wiggins will be wearing the yellow jersey atop the podium in Paris this year.