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TdF Stage 9 Arc-et-Senans Besançon

July 11, 2012

A long individual time trial of 42km was always expected to favour the ITT specialists over the climbers. The course was not a straightforward one and had both climbing and technical sections. It was thought that this may even out the contest between Evans and Wiggins.

Wiggins convincingly beat Evans on the day by 1m43s. A massive margin that sets up Wiggins and puts him in pole position for the whole tour. There are still 11 stages to go, but he is now in a commanding position and can afford to lose small amounts of time in the mountains and still win easily.

Wiggins nearest challenger now looks like being his team mate Froome. Froome was a sensation on last year’s Vuelta and could have won it if he had not been working for Wiggins. This could be case again this year. An envious position for Sky, as they have a great man to second Wiggins. Froome is a much better climber but almost as good a time trialist. Ideal for grand tours.

The tour prospects look bleak for most of the pre-race favourites. They lost a lot of time. Nibali had a great ITT for him but still lost over two minutes. Schleck lost more than four, Rolland more than five. There are only 6 riders within 5 minutes of Wiggins on GC including Froome.

The Tour is beginning to look like Sky’s to lose. The race moves into the high mountains. The climbers are expected to attack. How will Sky cope? Can Wiggins hold on?

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