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Yellow for Wiggins, Froome takes stage

other Updated: Jul 08, 2012 01:58 IST

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Bradley Wiggins and his Team Sky made their ambitions clear in the first mountain stage of the Tour de France, sweeping the overall lead, the stage win and the King of the mountains jersey at La Planche des Belles Filles on Saturday.

The final climb of the 199-km seventh stage was short and unheralded, but its 5.9 km final climb was enough to sort out the serious Tour contenders from the also-rans and the leading riders at the top are probably the same men who will battle it out for final victory in Paris in the two weeks ahead.

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The stage went to Briton Chris Froome, who surged in the final 100 metres to beat defending Tour champion Cadel Evans by two seconds while his team leader Wiggins was third in the same time.

"My first objective today was to take the yellow jersey," said Wiggins, who now leads the title-holder by 10 seconds overall and Nibali by 16.