Cycling: Bradley Wiggins hoping for more déjà vu

 

Bradley Wiggins lived through his own version of Groundhog Day yesterday as – in an identical result to the Paris-Nice stage this spring – he fell one second short of taking the Criterium du Dauphine's opening 3.5 mile prologue.

Wiggins had garnered the same placing in Paris-Nice's opening time trial behind Lieuwe Westra of Netherlands this March, but given Wiggins then went on to become Britain's first overall winner in "the race to the Sun" in 45 years, the Londoner would probably be happy if history continues to repeat itself.

Equally importantly, Wiggins' second place on the short, flat city-centre course behind Australian former U-23 World Champion Luke Durbridge was by far the best of all the Tour de France contenders.

Defending Tour champion Cadel Evans, himself a former Dauphine prologue winner, could only take ninth, Italy's top stage racer Vincenzo Nibali was 22nd.

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