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Bradley Wiggins claims Tour de France lead

Bradley Wiggins claims Tour de France lead
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Britain’s Bradley Wiggins took the overall lead of the Tour de France after a great performance from Team Sky on Saturday, capped by a stage seven success for fellow Briton Chris Froome.

The 32 year old, who’s hoping to become the first British man to win the race, started the 199km trek from Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles, in second place, seven seconds behind Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara who had been in the lead since day one.

Seven riders broke away from the pack after 15 kilometers, but it wasn’t to be as Wiggins’ Team Sky just proved too strong and took control just before the final climb, with Edvald Boasson-Hagen setting the pace.

With only a few kilometres to go, Froome took full advantage of his team’s effort and overcame a late surge from defending champion Cadel Evans to clinch his first stage win in an impressive time of 4 hours, 58 minutes and 35 seconds.

Wiggins, a three-time Olympic track gold medallist finished third, 2 seconds off the pace and now holds a 10 second lead over Evans in the overall standings with Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali in third place.