Wiggins vaults into Tour de France lead

Stage winner, Great Britain's Christopher Froome is congratulated by Great Britain's Bradley...

Stage winner, Great Britain's Christopher Froome is congratulated by Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins (R) at the end of the 199 km and seventh stage of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race starting in Tomblaine and finishing in La Planche des Belles Filles, eastern France, on July 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO / NATHALIE MAGNIEZ

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It was a great day for the Brits in the Tour de France, as Bradley Wiggins moved into the overall lead of cycling’s most prestigious event after finishing just behind countrymate Chris Froome in Stage 7 on Saturday.

Froome, a British citizen born in Kenya, outraced Wiggins and defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia to the wire for the stage win, finishing the 199 kilometers from Tromblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles in a time of 4 hours, 58 minutes and 35 seconds.

Evans was placed second, just ahead of Wiggins, and both were credited with the same time — two seconds behind Froome.

Wiggins now owns the yellow jersey as the overall leader by 10 seconds over Evans. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali was another five seconds behind the stage winner in fourth place on Saturday and is now third overall — 16 seconds behind Wiggins.

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara had held the overall lead since winning the prologue last Saturday, but finished 20th in Stage 7. He was 1:52 behind Froome for the day and dropped to 11th overall — 1:43 off the lead pace.


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