Check back on this blog from our bike shop in Ontario, California for updates from the 2012 Tour de France from now until July 22.
Its been quite literally a brutal race from the beginning. A grand total of seventeen bicyclists are currently out of the Tour de France due to crash injuries, at the close of the 9th stage. This is the most cyclists to be out with injuries by this stage in the Tour de France since 1998.
Brit Bradley Wiggins, the three-time Olympic track medalist, has the yellow jersey for the first time. Wiggins finished the 9th stage time trial, victorious, only 35 seconds ahead of Australian Cadel Evans.
Wiggins was undaunted by speculation that he may have taken the yellow jersey too soon. "You can't get too cocky in this race and choose when you take the yellow jersey," the Huffington Post reported Wiggins saying. "I'd much rather be in yellow than in hospital – like half the peloton."
Yesterday, Wiggins had an angry outburst in response to conjecture that his team's stellar performance could have been aided by doping.
Today's win for Wiggins gave him more room in his lead, after France's Thibaut Pinot had his first win on Sunday's 8th stage, followed by defending champion Cadel Evans, with Wiggins coming in 4th.