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Tour gallery: Bradley Wiggins

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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) finished the opening time trial in third, 19 seconds behind Cancellara.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) finished the opening time trial in third, 19 seconds behind Cancellara. (Image credit: AFP)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) starts the opening 15.5km time trial.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) starts the opening 15.5km time trial. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Garmin-Slipstream teammates Bradley Wiggins (L) and Christian Vande Velde climb to the finish.

Garmin-Slipstream teammates Bradley Wiggins (L) and Christian Vande Velde climb to the finish. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) crosses the finish line in Andorre Arcalis.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) crosses the finish line in Andorre Arcalis. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) arrive at the finish in Vittel.

Lance Armstrong (Astana) and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) arrive at the finish in Vittel. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) crosses the line in Colmar

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) crosses the line in Colmar (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) looks across at Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) and Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) looks across at Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) and Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) climbed his way into third place overall.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) climbed his way into third place overall. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) leads Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank), Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) and Andreas Klöden (Astana).

Lance Armstrong (Astana) leads Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank), Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) and Andreas Klöden (Astana). (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) rode strongly to finish ahead of Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream)

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) rode strongly to finish ahead of Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins went deep into the pain cave on stage 15 to Verbier.

Bradley Wiggins went deep into the pain cave on stage 15 to Verbier. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) crossed the finish line alone, 3:07 behind Contador and the Schleck brothers.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) crossed the finish line alone, 3:07 behind Contador and the Schleck brothers. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) climbs the Col de la Colombière with Lance Armstrong (Astana) on his wheel.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) climbs the Col de la Colombière with Lance Armstrong (Astana) on his wheel. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) found plenty of fan support on the ascent of the day's final climb.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) found plenty of fan support on the ascent of the day's final climb. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) leads Lance Armstrong (Astana) and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream).

Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) leads Lance Armstrong (Astana) and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream). (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) and Lance Armstrong (Astana) follow Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream).

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) and Lance Armstrong (Astana) follow Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream). (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) finished sixth and dropped to fourth on GC.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) finished sixth and dropped to fourth on GC. (Image credit: AFP)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin) was on track for the best time but faded in the final half.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin) was on track for the best time but faded in the final half. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) finished in sixth place.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) finished in sixth place. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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British rider Bradley Wiggins (Garmin - Slipstream) gets home support at the start of the time-trial in Annecy.

British rider Bradley Wiggins (Garmin - Slipstream) gets home support at the start of the time-trial in Annecy. (Image credit: Russell Standring)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin - Slipstream) climbs.

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin - Slipstream) climbs. (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) sits fourth on GC after stage 20

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) sits fourth on GC after stage 20 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

It doesn't take too much to convince a person that Bradley Wiggins has been the revelation of this year's Tour. It might have even taken some of his fellow riders a few days on the roads of France to become accustomed to his new role as Grand Tour contender.

Ask the man himself and he'll tell you straight up it ain't easy, but Wiggins is there and he's looking strong. A little less than twelve months ago, he was seven kilograms heavier and racing to gold on the track in Beijing. With five stages to go in this year's Tour de France, he's sitting in third place on general classification. The only two men ahead of him have both won the race.

Not bad company, not bad company at all.

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