By: Daniel Benson
Sky rider takes overall race lead
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) blitzed the16km time trial course on stage
3 of the Tour of Britain to move into the overall race lead. The 2012
Tour de France champion completed the course in a time of 19:54,
finishing 32 seconds clear of teammate Ian Stannard, and 42 seconds
ahead of Garmin-Sharp’s Jack Bauer.
Wiggins’ time was enough to see him move into the race leader’s
golden jersey after overnight leader Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka) could
only manage 34th on the stage, 1:51 down on Wiggins.
Wiggins now leads Ian Stannard by 33 seconds, with Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) in third.
“It’s not been a great season up to now, for one reason or another.
But the minute I was not riding the Tour [de France] I was training
locally. This was always on my mind and it was great to get out there
and do a performance like that after the last two days,” Wiggins said at
In wet conditions it was Wiggins’ aggression through the technical
sections that saw him establish an early lead as he zipped through the
opening corners and accelerated out of the saddle at the exit from each
apex. His commitment on the slick roundabouts that littered the course,
coupled with his improving form, saw him complete the opening half of
the time trial in 9:17.
His pre-race competition, Alex Dowsett (Movistar) had started minutes
before the Olympic champion and having beaten Wiggins at the Giro
d’Italia time trial to Polsa in May was expected to once again
challenge. However the Movistar rider, who will line up with Wiggins in
the individual time trial at the Worlds next week, was never able to
challenge Wiggins' time and finished fourth on the stage.
Earlier on in the day Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole-CSF) briefly
led. The Italian was eventually edged out by Jack Bauer in a time of
20:36. And when Dowsett and the impressive Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
failed to take the lead, only Wiggins and Stannard stood in the New
Zealander’s way to a surprise win.
Stannard, having set off before his team leader, was first over the
line, 10 seconds ahead of Bauer, but Wiggins was fast approaching the
finish and by the time he crossed the line in 19:54 the stage win was
Article Source: Cycling News