As the Tour de France gets closer and closer to its final ride down the Champs Elysées, Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins is putting more and more distance between himself and the field. After the yellow-jersey wearer won the Stage 19 time trial, he's nearly sealed the overall Tour victory, which would make him the first British winner in the Tour's history.
Wiggins crushed the field in the time trial, finishing the 53.5 kilometers in one hour, four minutes and 13 seconds. He was followed by his Team Sky teammate Christopher Froome, who finished a minute and 16 seconds behind him. Team Sky was formed in 2010, and head coach Dave Brailsford proclaimed they would give the U.K. a Tour winner within five years, according to the BBC. Brailsford was exultant after the race.
"This shows why [Wiggins] is the leader of our team today," Brailsford said. "He smashed it. We can start thinking about winning this race now, barring accidents. A lot of people laughed when we said we could win this race in five years with a clean British rider. Today is all about Bradley and his achievement."
No one had a more appropriate reaction than his wife, Cath, on Twitter. Barring an accident tomorrow, Wiggins will be atop the podium, but Cath might not be on her feet too long.
Right everyone I am calling it. Operation drink as much champagne as you can. GO.— Catherine wiggins (@Cathwiggins1981) July 21, 2012