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Wiggins Boosts Tour de France Lead Ahead of Final-Day Saunter

Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins won the final time trial to extend his advantage ahead of tomorrow’s ceremonial last-day ride to Paris.

The British cyclist won the 33-mile time trial between Bonneval and Chartres by 1 minute, 16 seconds from Team Sky teammate Chris Froome. Luis Leon Sanchez of the Rabobank team was 34 seconds further back in third place.

Wiggins, the last rider to start the time trial in sunny weather, pumped his fist to celebrate as he crossed the finishing line in first place. He covered the flat course at an average speed of 31 miles-per-hour.

The 32-year-old Londoner will become the first British winner, barring an accident, after the final 74.6-mile ride between Rambouillet and Paris.

Traditionally, riders don’t compete for places in the overall classification on the last stage.

Wiggins extended his overall lead over Froome, a Kenyan- born Briton, to 3:21 minutes after 19 of the 20 stages. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali of the Liquigas team is 6:19 minutes behind in third place after finishing 16th today.

A Briton has never previously finished in the top three places in the 109-year-old race.

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