Wiggins posted a time of 1:04.13, more than a minute faster than any other cyclist. His stellar time gives him a comfortable lead of more than three minutes heading into Stage 20, the final stage of the Tour de France.
BBC's Simon Brotherton said after the race:
Bradley Wiggins says what gave him perspective was that it's only sport, not life or death. But "bloody hell I've just won the Tour"!!— Simon Brotherton (@SimonBrotherton) July 21, 2012
Well, he's not quite won just yet, as Stage 20 still looms on the horizon. But, barring a disaster, Wiggins will cruise to victory in the final stage—the shortest road stage of the event at 120 kilometers, according to LeTour.fr.
"This shows why he is the leader of our team today. He smashed it. We can start thinking about winning this race now, barring accidents. A lot of people laughed when we said we could win this race in five years with a clean British rider. Today is all about Bradley and his achievement."
I couldn't have said that better myself.
Tour de France Leaderboard after Stage 19, According to LeTour.fr:
|1||Bradley Wiggins||101||Sky Procycling||84:26.31|
|2||Christopher Froome||105||Sky Procycling||84:29.52||+3.21|
|4||Jurgen Van Den Broeck||111||Lotto-Belisol Team||84:36.46||+10.15|
|5||Tejay Van Garderen||9||BMC Racing Team||84:37.35||+11.04|