Olympic champion and Sky Procyling rider Bradley Wiggins turned on the heat with his fellow rival cyclist at the 2012 Tour de France. He blitzed the competition after a resounding Stage 9 time trial win.
Wiggins finished the 41.5-km ride from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon in 51 minutes and 24 seconds to grab the stage win. His fellow teammate Christopher Froome came in at 2nd place 35 seconds slower than his compatriot.
Australian and defending Tour de France winner Cadel Evans did not have his best time trial time this year as he finished the stage in 52 minutes and 43 seconds. He settled for 6th place in this time trial stage.
Tuesday is set as a rest day for all cyclists and the race will resume the next day. Stage 10 is a 194.5-km ride from Macon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. The competition now enters the 1st mountain stage after a relatively flat ride in the earlier part of the Tour de France.
In the overall individual standings, Bradley Wiggins has a 1 minute and 53 seconds lead over Cadel Evans. The rest of the top 10 riders consist of Christopher Foomer, Vincenzo Nibali, Denis Menchov, Haimar Zubeldia, Maxime Monfort, Tejay Van Garderen, Jurgen Van Den Broeck and Nicolas Roche.
At the overall team standings, RadioShack-Nissan leads the competition with a 1 minute 25 seconds advantage over 2nd placer Sky Procycling. The other teams that barged into the top 5 were Omega Pharma-Quickstep, Liquigas-Cannondale and Katusha Team.
The sportsbook handicappers have installed Bradley Wiggins as the favorite to win the 2012 Tour de France. His main challengers to the title would be defending champion Cadel Evans and Sky Procycling teammate Christopher Froome.
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