Tour De France 2012 Standings: Bradley Wiggins' Performance Shows Huge Potential

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2012

BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, FRANCE - JULY 20:  Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling waves to race fans as French President François Hollande looks on after stage eighteen of the 2012 Tour de France from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde on July 20, 2012 in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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For years, Bradley Wiggins has shown promise but the 2012 Tour de France has been his proving grounds.

With the iconic race drawing to a close on Sunday, Wiggins holds a demanding 2'05" lead for the yellow jersey and shows no signs that he will be giving it up. Here's how the top ten shakes out.

Place Cyclist Overall Time
1 Bradley Wiggins 83:22:18
2 Christopher Froomer + 2:05
3 Vincenzo Nibali + 2:41
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck + 5:53
5 Tejay Van Garderen + 8:30
6 Cadel Evans + 9:57
7 Haimar Zubeldia + 10:11
8 Pierre Rolland + 10:17
9 Janez Brajkovic + 11:00
10 Thibaut Pinot + 11:46

Wiggins has been successful since the beginning of his career. At twenty years old, Wiggins earned a bronze medal in the team pursuit as a part of Great Britain's cycling team. Wiggins went on to achieve more medals in the 2004 and 2008 games as a growing member of the British team, earning medals in the individual pursuit as well as madison.

Despite the Olympic success, Wiggins hasn't fared so well in cycling's biggest race. Since taking over as Sky Procycling's top rider in 2010, Wiggins had finished a disappointing 24th and was forced to withdraw from the 2011 Tour thanks to a broken collarbone suffered in a crash on Stage 7 of the race. 

With the injury behind him, Wiggins has finally put together a great run at the Tour de France and has put the cycling world on notice as one of the most dominant riders in the sport.

Wiggins has used the 2012 Tour to realize his dream of winning the big one, will he be able to turn this victory into another solid run in the 2013 version?