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Britain’s Bradley Wiggins tightened his grip on the yellow jersey after claiming his maiden Tour de France victory in the ninth stage time trial on Monday.
Team Sky team-mate Christopher Froome finished second at 35secs with defending yellow jersey champion Cadel Evans of BMC some way back in sixth at 1min 43sec.
Wiggins had taken a 10sec lead over Evans into the 41.5 km race against the clock between Arc-et-Senans and Besancon, giving the Australian hope of staying close ahead of the mountain stages to come later this week.
However Wiggins turned on the gas from the start of the slightly technical rolling course to give the 2011 champion a small mountain to climb.
Ahead of the race’s first rest day on Tuesday, after which will be the second summit finish of the race, in the Alps on Wednesday, Wiggins now leads Evans by 1:53.
And with the ever-impressive Froome moving up to third at 2:07 behind Wiggins, Sky have widened their tactical options.
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