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Wiggins maintains lead as Voeckler takes 10th stage

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Latest update : 2012-07-11

UK's Bradley Wiggins (pictured) kept his 1min 53sec lead during the Tour de France's first day in the Alps on Wednesday, maintaining the yellow jersey as France's Thomas Voeckler took the tenth stage.

AFP - Britain's Bradley Wiggins retained the yellow jersey on the first day of the Tour de France in the Alps Wednesday as France's Thomas Voeckler won the 10th stage.

Voeckler, of the Europcar team, capped an impressive game of cat and mouse with several rivals in the closing kilometres of the stage to claim his first victory of this year's race.

Italian Michele Scarponi (Lampre) at 3sec was second with German veteran Jens Voigt (RadioShack) third at 7.

Wiggins retained his 1min 53sec overnight lead on BMC leader Cadel Evans, with Sky teammate Chris Froome still third overall at 2:07 and Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) at 2:23.

Nibali was one of two riders along with Jurgen Van den Broeck to try and attack Wiggins, on the descent of the Grand Colombier climb.

His Sky team, however, set a pace that quickly reeled the Italian in before the final, short climb to the summit of the Col de Richemond.

"I didn't panic when he attacked," said Wiggins.

"He's over two minutes behind me and I knew he'd have to be really strong in the valley if he was to stay away."

Thursday's 148 km 11th stage takes the peloton from Albertville over 73 km of climbing to the summit of La Toussuire ski station.

 

Date created : 2012-07-11

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