The Tour de France or Tour de Wiggins?

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07/13/2012| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Roadcycling.com's 2012 Tour de France analysis continues. Already the Tour de France looks to have a winner, but there are still some scraps at the table for the others. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Roadcycling.com's 2012 Tour de France analysis continues. Already the Tour de France looks to have a winner, but there are still some scraps at the table for the others. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

The Tour de France or Tour de Wiggins?

Already the Tour de France looks to have a winner, but there are still some scraps at the table for the others.

something to liven up our viewing pleasure.

As expected the racing got real on the category 1 summit that took the riders to the finish. Sky's Froome showed that he could be a grand tour leader on a team by leading Wiggins up the climb and then attacking with three kilometers to the line! He was quickly brought to heel and Wiggo actually increased his lead on a couple of rivals such as Denis Menchov, who lost 13 minutes to the Sky rider and his main threat Evans, who lost a little over a minute. Those two riders' dreams of being on the top step in Paris were over.

So, yeah, it was pretty much a standard day of Sky domination. Thankfully we have Twitter to keep us entertained.

Cathy Wiggins, Bradley's wife went to Twitter and publicity thanked Michael Rogers and Richie Porte for their work - noticeably skipping Froome. That did not sit well with Froome's girlfriend Michelle Cound who re-tweeted Cathy's post but included "Typical!" At one point Mark Cavendish's baby momma Peta Todd also accidentally stepped into the fray by thanking Froome. The significant others had picked their sides - Team Froome or Team Wiggins.

Brad stepped in to settle the dispute by thanking Froome on Twitter, but it was too late, the micro-blogging site lite up with guesses as to what Team Froome will transfer to next season.

The Kenyan born rider signed a three year deal last year with Sky, so in theory he's not going anywhere. However, if Wiggins doesn't want him there and Froome is unhappy that might amend the contract. Of course there would have to be a Sugar Daddy to step in to buy out Froome's contract as well.

Regardless of whom Froome rides for next year (I'd put money on him staying with Sky) the dinner with the wives and girlfriends in Paris will be very awkward. I see a lot of finger pointing and at least two glasses of red wine thrown on each other.

Stage 12 was a yawner. It was the longest stage of the tour at 226 kilometers. Five riders who were no threat to the general classification broke away and gained a lead of 12 minutes. Back in the peloton Sky lead the "chasing" group, but it was obvious that the stage win was going to come from one of the five.

On the five kilometer climb to the finish line the five riders did a lot of serving about. With two kilometers to go David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) and Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R) leapt away.

In a well-timed sprint Millar took the stage and collapsed on the tarmac after the finish line. This was a much needed win for Garmin-Sharp. His stage win comes on the 45 year anniversary of Tom Simpson's death, making a fitting tribute. (Read our review of David Millar's new book Racing Through The Dark here).

As the stage wrapped up and the jerseys were handed out word got out that the Sky riders, at the start of the day, stayed in

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