Cycling: Wiggins toils in Tour warm-up

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Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins slipped to fourth in the Critérium du Dauphiné general classification yesterday after finishing outside the top 10 in the first stage of the Tour de France warm-up. His Sky Procycling team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway was fifth overall after a sixth-place finish yesterday.

Jurgen van den Broeck of Belgium held off a late charge from a small group in the final climb to win yesterday's stage, while Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan took the yellow jersey. Van den Broeck completed the 144-kilometre stage in an unofficial time of 3 hours, 36 minutes, 42 seconds. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver of Spain was second.

Vinokourov, who finished second in Sunday's prologue, overtook Lars Boom for the overall lead.