Bradley Wiggins
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Wiggins taking nothing for granted

IT was a rest day in the Tour De France last night but leader Bradley Wiggins says he won't be resting on his laurels when the big race starts up again tonight.

Englishman Wiggins clocked 51 minutes, 24 seconds on the 41.5km route from Arc et Senans to Besancon, 35 seconds faster than Team Sky teammate and fellow Brit Chris Froome, to take his first Tour stage victory.

Wiggins is now one minute and 53 seconds ahead of Cadel Evans - the reigning champion finishing sixth in the time trial one minute and 43 seconds behind Wiggins.

But despite his big lead, Wiggins is taking nothing for granted as the Tour heads for the bigger slopes of the Alps and the Pyrenees.

"This race is far from over," the 32-year-old Brit told BBC Sport.

"It's never over until the fat lady sings and she hasn't entered the room yet.

"This is just another day at the Tour. There's a long way to go."

Third-placed Froome also made a big move in overall classification, closing to within 14 seconds of Aussie Evans.

Despite losing big time on his main rival, however, Evans remained upbeat ahead of some more gruelling mountain stages, starting tonight.

But he is remaining optimistic, with the Tour set to journey into the high mountains in Wednesday's stage 10.

"There's still a lot more racing to be done before Paris," he said.

Meanwhile, a US Federal judge has dimissed a legal claim launched by Lance Armstrong against the US Anti-Doping Agency after it charged him with using performance-enhancing drugs.

The seven-time Tour de France winner claimed USADA offered cyclists "corrupt inducements" to testify against him.
USADA insisted the 40-year-old American's lawsuit is "without merit".

And US District Judge Sam Sparks agreed, throwing the action out on yesterday.

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