The British team allowed Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol Team) and Christian Meier (GreenEdge Cycling Team) to escape in the early stages of the race and the pair had a gap of 3:50 after 43 kilometres of racing. With Bak coming back from injury Meier was the most dangerous of the leading duo, sitting within two minutes of the yellow jersey.
Sky, however, quickly assumed control of the race and Wiggins's general classification lead was never in doubt.
Heading onto the final climb of the race, the Col de Ranjiers, the thin blue line marshalled their leader to the head of the field and began to ride a tempo. By now Bak and Meier were surviving on fumes and it was the Australian who buckled first as the gradient rose toward 15 percent.
Arnout said:You guys at CN are quite persistent in saying it's Phinneys first GT, now again in the article linking to the video. Remember Vuelta 2011 anyone?