Wiggins strengthens grip on Tour de France after time trial success

Bradley Wiggins celebrates after a dominant performance saw him take control of the Tour de France

Story highlights

  • Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins wins stage nine of the Tour de France
  • Wiggins retains yellow jersey with dominant performance on time trial leg
  • Briton now leads main rival Cadel Evans by one minute and 53 seconds
  • Wiggins' teammate Chris Froome moves up to third in overall standings
Bradley Wiggins produced a dominant performance to win stage nine of the Tour de France and edge nearer to a first ever victory in cycling's most prestigious race.
The Briton was 35 seconds quicker than his nearest challenger on the 41.5km time trial leg between Arc et Senans and Besancon, finishing in 51 minutes and 24 seconds.
It meant he struck a potentially decisive blow to his main rival, Australian Cadel Evans, who now trails Wiggins by one minute and 53 seconds in the overall classification after finishing in sixth place.
Wiggins' Team Sky colleague Chris Froome finished the stage in second and has now jumped up to third in the overall picture, 14 seconds behind BMC Racing's Evans.
It leaves Sky in a healthy spot with a rest day to follow on Tuesday, Wiggins underlining his pre-race tag as the strong favorite.
"Time-trialling is what I do best," he told reporters. "I know exactly the routine I need to do. I felt great from the first pedal stroke and I knew I was in for a good one.