Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome stormed to a Team Sky 1-2 in the stage nine time trial at the Tour de France as the team notched up their third victory of the race.
The British duo set the timing screens ablaze throughout the 41.5-kilometre test from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon in an incredible show of strength.
Wiggins, resplendent in the yellow skinsuit was quickest through both intermediate splits before setting a final time of 51 minutes and 24 seconds, 35 up on Froome to ensure a Team Sky 1-3 at the top of the general classification.
Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) fought hard and placed sixth on the day, 1:43 down on Wiggins to split the pair heading into the race day. Wiggins now holds an advantage of 1:53 over the Australian with Froome just 14 seconds further back.
Earlier Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) had laid down a marker on the rolling course with a time of 52:21 but the Swiss rider was unable to fend off Wiggins and Froome, his time holding on for third quickest on the day.
Bradley Wiggins, Team Rider:
“I just go out there and concentrate myself and doing the ride. It’s all still a bit of a haze. I’ve won the stage which is almost forgotten about as it was all about the GC and the battle – watching for Cadel, Vincenzo and those guys.
“I’m just really pleased with the way I put the ride together and mentally the way I put the day together. The noise when I rolled off the ramp was incredible and not letting that phase me in terms of going off too hard. At the moment it’s just relief and I’m proud of myself for doing that.
“It’s fortunate we’ve got a rest day tomorrow so there’s a bit more time to let it sink in before we are back on the road in two days’ time.
“We’ll just continue what we’ve been doing since the start. Me and Chris have been riding shotgun for most of the stage. The intention of the start of the race was, as last year when I crashed out we didn’t have a back-up plan. We’ll just continue what we’re doing and keeping Chris there as long as possible. It’s just taking it one day at a time, seeing where we go from here.”
Sean Yates, Team Sky Sports Director:
“Bradley and Froomey delivered what they promised and what they’ve been working towards all year. It was a top drawer performance. It’s never been done before in British cycling and you can’t get much bigger than that.
“It’s a repeat of what we’ve been doing all year. We started out taking it day by day, treating it just as we would any other race and it was a continuation of the same theme.
“Our goal is still to have the jersey in Paris. That means not jeopardising Bradley’s GC position. We’re going to try and do that in the best way possible. There are still 11 stages to go and a lot of teams who haven’t won a stage. For sure they will be trying.”