Wiggins’s route to Tour de France glory

22 July 2012
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  • Bradley Wiggins becomes the first Britain to win the Tour de France after an epic three-week race that took in the Alps and Pyrenees before finishing on the Champs Elysees in Paris. It is a British one-two in the standings with his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome finishing second. BBC Sport charts their journey
    Bradley Wiggins becomes the first Britain to win the Tour de France after an epic three-week race that took in the Alps and Pyrenees before finishing on the Champs Elysees in Paris. It is a British one-two in the standings with his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome finishing second. BBC Sport charts their journey
  • Fabian Cancellara
    Wiggins is expected to do well on the opening 6.4km individual time trial in the Belgian city of Liege and the 32-year-old is leading until Switzerland’s prologue specialist Fabian Cancellara, the last rider to complete the course, betters his time by seven seconds to take the first yellow jersey of the Tour
  • Bradley Wiggins
    With Cancellara in yellow, Wiggins dons the green points jersey, which was won by his team-mate Mark Cavendish (left) last year, on stage one. Slovak Peter Sagan, 22, riding in his first Tour de France, takes over in green after winning the uphill race to the finish in Seraing. Wiggins remains second overall
  • Caavendish wins stage two
    Britain’s Cavendish sprints to his 21st Tour de France stage win to move up to sixth in the all-time list, one behind seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong. Wiggins finishes stage two in the peloton, alongside leader Cancellara and defending champion Cadel Evans, as the leading positions remain unchanged
  • Peter Sagan celebrates winning stage three of the Tour de France
    Team Sky suffer a setback when domestique Kanstantsin Siutsou, who was expected to help Wiggins in the mountains, breaks a leg in a crash on stage three. Wiggins is also held up by a later accident but loses no time to race leader Cancellara as Sagan sprints to a second win
  • Mark Cavendish after crashing on stage four
    Another crash ruins the stage four sprint in Rouen. Sky duo Cavendish and Bernie Eisel are among those who hit the tarmac but both are able to cycle over the line and remain in the race. Eisel later receives stitches in a gash over his eye. The leaders escape the carnage as Germany’s Andre Greipel collects his first stage win
  • Andre Greipel wins stage five
    Intent on keeping their riders out of danger of any more crashes, Team Sky ensure they stay towards the front of the peloton on stage five but Cavendish cannot stop Greipel winning a second successive sprint to the line as Sagan is brought down in another spill. Cancellara continues to lead Wiggins by seven seconds
  • Garmin rider Tom Danielson surveys his injuries after crashing on stage six
    Several riders abandon the Tour with broken bones after a high-speed crash shakes up stage six. Britain’s David Millar, calls it the “scariest crash I’ve ever been in”. Frank Schleck, third last year, and Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal lose time to Wiggins and Evans who, like stage winner Sagan, escape the carnage
  • Chris Froome (left) wins stage seven from Cadel Evans (centre) and Bradley Wiggins
    Wiggins takes the yellow jersey for the first time after a dramatic first summit finish of the Tour. Evans attacks on the final climb of stage seven but Wiggins stays close while British team-mate Chris Froome counter-attacks to take the win. Wiggins leads Evans and Nibali by 10 and 26 seconds respectively
  • Bradle yWiggins in yellow
    He becomes the fifth British rider, after Tom Simpson, Chris Boardman, David Millar and Sean Yates, to wear the coveted Maillot Jaune. However, Wiggins’s first day in yellow is tough and he is forced to repel attacks from rivals Evans and Nibali to retain the jersey as the youngest rider in the race, France’s Thibuat Pinot, 22, wins
  • Bradley Wiggins
    Wiggins wins his first Tour stage and in doing so gains significant time on his rivals. The race leader zips round the 41.5km individual time trial around Besancon in 51 minutes 24 seconds, which is 35 seconds quicker than Froome. Evans loses more than a minute, Nibali more than two, as Froome jumps up to third overall
  • Team Sky lead the peloton up the Col du Grand Colombier
    Stage 10 sees the riders tackle the first big mountain of the race, the Col du Grand Colombier, with Team Sky bossing the pace of the peloton to negate any attacks. Nibali escapes on the descent but is caught on the final climb of the day as Thomas Voeckler becomes the second French stage winner in 2012
  • Vincenzo Nibali and Bradley Wiggins finish stage 11 together
    Evans’s hopes of defending his title are dented when he is dropped on the final climb of stage 11 to the summit finish at La Toussuire in the Alps. France’s Pierre Rolland takes the win while Italian Nibali, who had accused Wiggins of lacking respect after stage 10, makes up with the Briton as they cross the line together
  • David Millar
    David Millar (right) follows in the footsteps of Cavendish, Froome and Wiggins with a breakaway win on stage 13 to become the fourth British winner this year. It is also the Scot’s fourth career Tour stage win. All four will ride for Team GB in the Olympic road race on 28 July. “That bodes well for London,” says Wiggins
  • Greipel wins third stage
    Five Frenchmen get in the breakaway on Bastille Day but hopes of a home win are ended when Greipel outsprints Sagan (left) to win stage 13 on the Mediterranen coast. Wiggins, who tries to lead out team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen for the win, retains his overall lead of two minutes, five seconds over Froome
  • Cadel Evans (in BMC Racing red) riding to the finish on stage 14 with Bradley Wiggins
    Stage 14 is marred by sabotage as carpet tacks are thrown onto the road near the summit of the final climb of the day. Defending champion Evans is among those to suffer a puncture. Wiggins shows fine sportsmanship, calling a halt to competitive racing, to allow his rival to catch up and they cross the line together
  • Team Sky lead the peloton with Bradley Wiggins in yellow
    France’s Pierrick Fedrigo wins the largely flat stage 15 after getting in a breakaway. Team Sky refuse to chase down the six men in the escape because none of the riders in it will threaten the lead of Wiggins, preferring instead to protect their leader and conserve energy for the battles to come in the mountains of the Pyrenees
  • Vincenzo Nibali leads Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins up the Col de Peyresourde
    France’s Voeckler conquers the Col d’Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin and Col de Peyresourde on a tough stage 16. Nibali attacks on the final hill but Wiggins and team-mate Froome, an excellent climber, reel him back in as they safely negotiate a dangerous stage. Evans fades though and with it go his victory hopes
  • Bradley Wiggins descending in the mist
    The final day in the Pyrenees is treacherous in parts as a thick mist hampers visibility. Nibali tries to attack but Wiggins and Froome ride past the Italian on the final climb of the day, beating him by 18 seconds. Froome stays with Wiggins to the finish rather than chasing stage winner Alejandro Valverde
  • Mark Cavendish wins stage 18
    Stage 18 is a flat stage and Wiggins heads the Team Sky lead-out into the finish at Brive-la-Gaillarde for Cavendish. Wiggins peels away several hundred metres from the line to keep out of trouble while world champion Cavendish races away from the field to win and remind everyone who the best sprinter in the race is
  • Bradley Wiggins wins stage 19
    The penultimate stage of the 2012 race is a 53.5km individual time trial to Chartres. Leader Wiggins is last out and he repeats his victory on stage nine with a commanding performance, beating second-placed Froome by 76 seconds to all-but seal his place in history as the first Briton to win the Tour de France
  • Mark Cavendish wins on the Champs Elysees
    Wiggins finishes safely in the peloton in Paris to ensure he wins the race as fellow Briton Cavendish wins the sprint on the Champs Elysees to take his third win of the 2012 Tour. It is also the Manxman’s fourth successive victory on the Tour’s final stage and cements Team Sky’s domination of this year’s race

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/18869925

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