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Wiggins Wins Time Trial, Yellow Jersey in Dauphiné Criterium Stage Three

By James Fish
Epoch Times Staff
Created: June 8, 2011 Last Updated: June 8, 2011
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STAGE WIN: Tony Martin rides on his way to the win in the individual time trial, Stage Three the 63th Criterium du Dauphiné cycling race. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

STAGE WIN: Tony Martin rides on his way to the win in the individual time trial, Stage Three the 63th Criterium du Dauphiné cycling race. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

Bradley Wiggins of Sky Procycling moved in the General Classification lead at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphiné with a strong performance in the Stage Three Individual Time Trial. Wiggins finished second in the stage and gained 1:11 over Astana’s Alexandre Vinokourov, who held the yellow jersey for just one day.

TAKES THE YELLOW: Bradley Wiggins competes in the individual time trial during the 63th Criterium du Dauphiné cycling race. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

TAKES THE YELLOW: Bradley Wiggins competes in the individual time trial during the 63th Criterium du Dauphiné cycling race. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

The stage was won by HTC-Highroad’s Tony Martin. A Time Trial specialist, Martin made up for his poor showing in the Prologue by beating the field soundly. His ride was all the more impressive because the course was soaking wet when he rode, while many of the later riders had dry roads though some of the more technical descending sections.

Martin was low-key about his ride when talking with Eurosport after the stage: “It was a pretty hard course—a bit technical, mostly because the roads were really wet. I think I found a good rhythm pedaling really well. I am satisfied with my performance.”

The HTC rider played down the chances he took on the slick descents. That is where he gained the most time, while even riders facing better conditions were much more cautious.

Bradley Wiggins admitted he didn’t push on the descents like Martin did. “It was just about GC for me today. That’s what I’m here for—I’m training for the Tour de France,” the Sky rider told Versus.

"I heard we [Wiggins and Martin] had the same time on the top but I just couldn‘t take the risks on the descents for the stage win. I knew I had quite a big gap already over the main guys—Vino, Van Den Broeck—so I just played it safe and got myself home safely.”

STRONG RIDE: Cadel Evans rode his way into second in the GC in the Stage Three Time Trial. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

STRONG RIDE: Cadel Evans rode his way into second in the GC in the Stage Three Time Trial. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

Wiggins’ teammate Edvald Boasson-Hagen finished third, 43 seconds back. Radio Shack’s Janez Brajkovic finished fifth, elevating him to third in the GC.

Vinokourov finished 14th, dropping to fourth overall, two minutes behind Wiggins.

BMC’s Cadel Evans turned in a solid ride finishing sixth and seeding the Australian champion second in the GC. When the race hits the mountains, Evans will be a serious threat to win the overall.

Omega Pharma-Lotto’s Jurgen Van Den Broeck dropped from second to seventh in the GC, 2:28 back.

The same course will be used for Stage 20 of the 2011 Tour de France: a 42.5-km loop with two serious hills and some tricky descending through some small hamlets; riders’ performance Wednesday could presage their Tour performances. If so, a lot of riders will need to improve their forms.

The Dauphiné offers a day for the sprinters Thursday before hitting the serious climbs. The final three stages are all brutally mountainous, with all three featuring mountaintop finishes.

The gaps in time, while large, could all be wiped away with a single good or bad day in the mountains.

Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans have announced that they are serious about winning not just the Dauphiné, but also the Tour de France. Whether or not they have the legs to back up their intentions will be shown this weekend.

Criterium du Dauphiné Stage Three Results

1

Tony Martin (Ger)

HTC-Highroad

0:55:28

2

Bradley Wiggins (GBr)

Sky

0:10

3

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)

Sky

0:43

4

David Zabriskie (USA)

Garmin-Cervélo

0:58

5

Janez Brajkovic (Slo)

RadioShack

1:17

6

Cadel Evans (Aus)

BMC

1:20

7

Geraint Thomas (GBr)

Sky

1:36

8

Christophe Riblon (Fra)

Ag2r-La Mondiale

1:37

9

Rein Taaramae (Est)

Cofidis

1:55

10

Rui Costa (Por)

Movistar

1:59

 

General Classification after Stage Three

1

Bradley Wiggins (GBr)

Sky

8:41:37

2

Cadel Evans (Aus)

BMC

1:11

3

Janez Brajkovic (Slo)

RadioShack

1:21

4

Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz)

Astana

1:56

5

Rui Costa (Por)

Movistar

2:12

6

Geraint Thomas (GBr)

Sky

2:25

7

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel)

Omega Pharma-Lotto

2:28

8

Christophe Riblon (Fra)

Ag2r-La Mondiale

2:45

9

Ben Hermans (Bel)

RadioShack

2:46

10

Jerome Coppel (Fra)

Saur Sojasun

2:52

 

 




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