Sir Bradley Wiggins holds all the cards as the Tour of Britain comes to Epsom (From This Is Local London)
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Sir Bradley Wiggins holds all the cards as the Tour of Britain comes to Epsom
The Tour of Britain comes to Epsom tomorrow for its penultimate stage with Sir Bradley Wiggins still wearing the gold and ivory leader’s jersey.
The streets of Surrey will be lined with thousands of fans in scenes reminiscent of the London 2012 Olympics – when the Brit won gold – as the tour’s seventh stage pits riders against 155km of tarmac from Epsom, through Leatherhead and to the finish line in Guildford.
Today’s sixth stage took the riders over 137km of Devonshire countryside from Sidmouth to Haytor on Dartmoor.
Simon Yates secured victory on the day for the Great Britain team, but Wiggins, riding with Sky Procycling and finishing seventh on the hills of Dartmoor, will have an overall lead of more than 30 seconds when they resume at Epsom Racecourse at midday tomorrow.
Yates said: “I am ecstatic to have won. To win a stage of your own national tour in such illustrious company is one of my best victories.”
Wiggins’s nearest rivals for the top spot are Swiss cyclist Martin Elmiger, compatriot Yates and Spanish team-mate David Lopez Garcia.
The final stage in London on Sunday is over 10 laps of an 8.8km circuit between the House of Westminster and the Tower of London, starting at 3.30pm.
1. Sir Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling): 24 hours, 10 minutes, 55 seconds
2. Martin Elminger (IAM Cycling): + 32 seconds
3. Simon Yates (Great Britain): + 1.06
4: David Lopez Garcia (Sky Procycling): + 1.08
5: Sergio Pardilla (MTN Qhubeka): + 1.16
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