Tour De France 2012: Challengers to Leader Bradley Wiggins

Steve Maze@N/ACorrespondent IIJuly 17, 2012

Tour De France 2012: Challengers to Leader Bradley Wiggins

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    Taking a well deserved rest day, the Tour de France is heating up as the end is in sight.

    The current holder of the yellow jersey is Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins who holds a near two minute lead over second place.

    As they approach the closing stages of the race, the following are challengers to overtake Wiggins and win the race with only five stages remaining.

Christopher Froome

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    A fellow country man of Wiggins, Froome is currently in the second position trailing by a little over two minutes.

    That said, Froome may feel out of respect the need to not pass Wiggins. Along with sharing the British ties, both are also members of the Sky Procycling team.

    Therefore, expect Froome to aid Wiggins in securing victory rather than exerting himself to pass Wiggins.

Cadel Evans

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    Despite being over three minutes behind Wiggins, Evans is safely in fourth place and near enough that he could make a push for first.

    That said, three minutes is a lot to make up in the final five stages. Even if Evans finds extra energy after riding for 15 of the last 17 days, it may be too little too late.

    Wiggins is in a splendid position to win his first Tour de France and should do so. Look for Great Britain to be celebrating a one-two finish in Paris this upcoming weekend.