Tour de France: Brits lead the way


As the Tour moves beyond the half way point and heads out of the Alps, Bradley Wiggins leads the pack and will wear the yellow jersey for a 5th successive stage. Having managed to create a 3′ 19″ window from main rival Cadel Evans and stay toe to toe with Nibali through the mountains, it was another British Team Sky compatriot he owes thanks to.

Under team orders Chris Froome eased off his chase of the stage leader for Wiggins to play catch up, denying him the chance of a stage win but ultimately aiding Wiggins in keeping hold of the yellow jersey come Paris. It was the kind of act that was more at home in the Ferrari F1 team! Who famously allowed Schumacher to overtake team mate Barrichello to earn more driver points. Froomes selflessness keeps him just over 2′ behind Wiggins in the general classification, but the gap could have been a lot less had Froome been allowed to attack the stage leader Pierre Rolland with just 4k left. Wiggins remains on course to become the first British rider to win the Tour de France, but days like today emphasise just how much help a riders team mates can give him.