Wiggins not taking Tour win for granted

10 July 2012 / 06:40

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."