Germany's Tony Martin Powers to Time Trial Victory in Criterium du Dauphine 2011 and Bradley Wiggins Takes Overall Race Lead
Germany's Tony Martin of Team HTC-HighRoad earlier today managed to power through the rain masses in southern France to claim the stage victory in Criterium du Dauphine 2011 (previously Dauphine Libere) for the second day in a row for his team. Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) secured the overall race lead.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday it's the real stuff," Wiggins concluded.
Team BMC Racing sports director John Lelangue after the time trial said he was pleased with Evans's performance on a technical course that was made more difficult by some wet descents. "When you look at all the stage race contenders, Wiggins is making a really good time, but the other ones are behind. So that's a good sign," Lelangue said.
"It is a disappointment because I thought that the route would be more favorable to me. But my legs weren't well after the first kilometers. It was difficult then to find the right rhythm. I was torn between the desire to save my yellow jersey and the wisdom not to take risks. I chose the second solution especially in slippery descents, were it became too dangerous," Vinokourov told Roadcycling.com after a wet day in the time trial saddle.
In the overall 2011 Criterium du Dauphine rankings Wiggins now leads Evans by 01:11 minutes and Janez Brajkovic by 01:21. Vinokourov is 01:56 behind.
Ivan Basso (Team Liquigas-Cannondale) completely fell off the radar today finishing an incredible 06:16 behind stage winner Martin.