LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France, July 7, 2012 (AFP) – Bradley Wiggins
became only the fifth Briton to pull on the Tour de France yellow jersey after
he took the race lead after the seventh stage Saturday.
Wiggins finished third behind defending champion Cadel Evans and teammate
Christopher Froome, who won the 199 km stage, to overhaul his 7sec overnight
deficit to Swiss Fabian Cancellara.
The Team Sky leader now has a 10sec lead on Evans (BMC), with Italian
Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) in third at 16.
Wiggins, born in Belgium but raised in London, is the first Briton since
Scot David Millar to lead the race. The first Briton to do so was pioneering
Englishman Tom Simpson.
While Millar wore the yellow jersey for the three first days in 2000,
following his victory in the prologue, Chris Boardman has worn it longest of
any Britons with six days in yellow.
Sean Yates, Wiggins’ current sports director at Sky, also wore the yellow
jersey for a day in 1994 when the race spent a brief spell in England.
British yellow jersey men (days in brackets):
Tom Simpson: 1962 (1)
Chris Boardman: 1994 (3), 1997 (1) and 1998 (2)
Sean Yates: 1994 (1)
David Millar: 2000 (3)
Bradley Wiggins: 2012