2012 Tour De France Stage 19 Results and Standings: Wiggins Dominates Again!

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2012 Tour De France Stage 19 Results and Standings: Wiggins Dominates Again!
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A rare show of emotion for the 2012 Champ.

While the title defense of Cadel Evans, 2011's Tour de France champion, continued to lurch from bad to worse, for heir apparent Bradley Wiggins, things could not have gone better.

Evans was in 55th position at the first time check and 78th at the next. To add insult to injury, he was passed by his young teammate and protégé, Tejay van Garderen, with 20km still to go on the stage. He finished the stage almost six minutes behind Wiggins and 3’20” behind Van Garderen.

This day, like so many others in this Tour, belonged to Bradley Wiggins.

The yellow jersey holder and man who was untouchable in the first individual time trial has put on a training clinic.

At the first time check, he was 12 seconds up on second-place rider, and teammate, Chris Froome. By the second time check, he had converted that to a 53-second lead.

And he wasn’t finished there.

Wiggins is a study in perfection when he rides in a time trial. His years of pursuit riding on the track have developed a style and position on the bike that simply cannot be faulted.

His upper-body stillness and aerodynamic position were what delivered Olympic gold medals in the individual pursuit on the 2004 and 2008 games. That same style has proved untouchable of the roads of France.

Froome came home to beat everyone else in the field by being 35 seconds faster than third-placed Luis Leon Sanchez with a remarkable ride.

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Wiggins—to show just how great the difference is between himself and everyone else in the field—beat Froome’s stunning time by 1’16”. Stunning!

Bradley Wiggins now is certain of victory in the 2012 Tour. The only thing that could get in his way is the idiotic television executive who tore through last year’s riders in his car and put Johnny Hoogerland into a barbed wire fence.

It’s unlikely he got an invite this year.

The rather civilised tradition of not attacking the leader on the final day will mean that Wiggins will be able to savour the longest victory lap in world sport.

He will sip champagne with his teammates as the peloton relaxes on the ride to the Champs Elysees. He will enjoy the photo opportunities and chats with friends and competitors alike. It is a rare opportunity in sport to be able to celebrate before the competition is over.

It’s not arrogance, it’s not hubris, it is the hard-earned right to accept the accolades of a deserving champion.

As quiet as the day will be for Wiggins, teammate Mark Cavendish will be requiring the rest of Team Sky to put in one last effort and put him into a position to claim the final stage win in Paris. After his efforts on the team's behalf this year, it's the least they can do for him.

Expect Cavendish to deliver one last bit of glory.

Team Sky set their sights on this race and delivered an amazing one-two result with Wiggins and Froome.

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Mission accomplished.

 Standing after Stage 19 (Courtesy letour.fr)

1.

WIGGINS Bradley

SKY PROCYCLING

84h 26' 31''

2.

FROOME Christopher

SKY PROCYCLING

+ 03' 21''

3.

NIBALI Vincenzo

LIQUIGAS

+ 06' 19''

4.

VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen

LOTTO-BELISOL

+ 10' 15''

5.

VAN GARDEREN Tejay

BMC

+ 11' 04''

6.

ZUBELDIA Haimar

RADIOSHACK-NISSAN

+ 15' 43''

7.

EVANS Cadel

BMC

+ 15' 51''

8.

ROLLAND Pierre

EUROPCAR

+ 16' 31''

9.

BRAJKOVIC Janez

ASTANA

+ 16' 38''

10.

PINOT Thibaut

FDJ-BIGMAT

+ 17' 17''

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