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Wiggins Takes Tour de France Lead as Teammate Froome Wins Stage

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July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Britain’s Bradley Wiggins took the leader’s yellow jersey at the Tour de France after his teammate Christopher Froome won today’s seventh stage.

Team Sky’s Wiggins, the bookmakers’ race favorite, finished third in the 199-kilometer (124-mile) ride from Tomblaine to La Plance des Belles Filles. He leads defending champion Cadel Evans of BMC Racing by 10 seconds, with Liquigas’s Vincenzo Nibali six seconds further back.

Froome crossed the finish line two seconds ahead of Australia’s Evans and Wiggins. Evans tried to pull away from the leaders down the stretch and was caught by Froome, who went on to earn his first tour stage victory.

“My priority was just to watch Cadel,” Wiggins said on the event’s website. “I knew I was going to take yellow so it’s just fantastic to do so on the day that Froome takes the king of the mountains. It’s an incredible day.”

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara of the RadioShack Team, who wore the yellow jersey entering the stage, finished almost two minutes back in 20th place. He drops to 11th place overall, 1 minute, 43 seconds behind Wiggins.

The 20-stage race continues tomorrow with a 157-kilometer ride from Belfort to Porrentury.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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