Week 1 at the Tour de France: Bradley Wiggins takes lead ahead of defending champ Cadel Evans

Find Week 3 at the Tour: This blog post covers the first week of the 2012 Tour de France. Find results from the final week and all stages of the Tour right here.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this was Stage 7: The real race began on Saturday when Bradley Wiggins took possession of the overall lead in the Tour de France after a climbing finish began to create separation among the riders. Team Sky teammate Chris Froome led Wiggins up the final climb before breaking away for the stage win. However, defending champion Cadel Evans showed his mettle, staying with the pair to finish third. More.

The overall standings now show Wiggins in the lead with Evans 10 seconds back and Vincenzo Nabali 16 seconds off the lead. Previous leader Fabian Cancellarra rode well, but could not keep pace and now stands 11th, 1:43 off the lead. Read more at the Tour de France websiteincluding the overall standings.

Previous results during the first week of the Tour de France:

  • Stage 6: A large crash again dominated the news in Stage 6, causing several abandonments, while Peter Sagan won his third stage in this tour by besting Andre Greipel, winner of the previous two stages. Read more.
  • Stage 5: Andre Greipel again out-sprints the field for a win, besting his rival Mark Cavendish. 
  • Stage 4: Andre Greipel dodged a significant crash, which claimed Mark Cavendish, near the end of the stage and then sprinted to victory.
  • Stage 3: First-timer Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale captured Stage 3 with a convincing win in the final sprint to claim his second stage win.
  • Stage 2: Here’s how Mark Cavendish surged to win his 21st stage on the Tour. More.
  • Stage 1: See how Peter Sagan won in his first-ever Tour start over Fabian CancellaraMore
  • PrologueFabian Cancellara wins the prologue at the Tour de France for the fifth time. More

LAST YEAR: The  Tour de France in 2011 saw Cadel Evans claim victory with a late, stirring time-trial win. Andy (2nd) and Frank Schleck (3rd) became the first brothers to grace the podium together. Sammy Sanchez was King of the Mountains, Mark Cavendish earned the green jersey for most points, Pierre Rolland won the best young rider competition and Team Garmin-Cervelo was tops among teams.

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