Wiggins not taking Tour win for granted
July 10, 2012 06:40 am
Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins insisted the road cycling race for the yellow jersey is far from over despite taking a commanding lead with victory on stage nine.
Wiggins (Team Sky) clocked 51 minutes 24 seconds to triumph on the 41.5-kilometre race against the clock from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon, enhancing his hold on the fabled maillot jaune with his first Tour stage success.
The 32-year-old triple Olympic gold medal winner now leads defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) by 1min 53secs entering the Tour's first rest day on Tuesday. But Wiggins said: "It's never over until the fat lady sings and she hasn't entered the room yet."
Evans entered the day 10 seconds behind Wiggins, but finished sixth on the stage to lose 1:43 as the Briton took pole position in the race to Paris on July 22.
Wiggins' team-mate Chris Froome placed second in 51:59 to move up to third overall, 2:07 behind.
Despite his comfortable lead ahead of Wednesday's resumption, the 194.5km 10th stage from Macon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, Wiggins is taking nothing for granted.
He added: "This is just another day at the Tour. There's a long way to go.
"It's a fantastic position to be in, but there's always the possibility of a bad day. This race is far from over.
"Cadel is not going to give up until Paris."
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