Cycling: Bradley Wiggins sprints into Romandie lead


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Bradley Wiggins stormed into the race lead of the Tour of Romandie yesterday with an extremely rare – for the Londoner – but perfectly calculated bunch sprint win, which earned Team Sky their second victory in as many days.

Timing was everything for Wiggins: he moved out of the pack of some 30 race leaders with 250 metres to go, then – in a style more like his time-trialling, Wiggins' speciality, than a sprint – he maintained a remorselessly high speed, which the rest of the field were unable to respond to.

Already victorious in the prestigious Paris-Nice race this spring, Wiggins' latest triumph places the 31-year-old in pole position to become Britain's first winner of Romandie, one of cycling's top 10 stage races.

"I'm here to win Romandie, that's for sure, but I'll take what I can every day," Wiggins said. "And it's just great to get a win in a road-stage, because I only ever win in time trials."

Mark Cavendish, Wiggins' team-mate who might have been more expected to win a sprint to the line, finished outside the top 10.