Yellow jersey: Where the Tour de France was won


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PROLOGUE (30 June, Liège, 6.4km)

Team Sky rider Bradley Wiggins finishes seven seconds behind the prologue winner Fabian Cancellara, and nine ahead of Chris Froome and 10 ahead of the defending champion, Cadel Evans.

STAGE SEVEN (7 July, Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles, 199km)

Wiggins ends Cancellara's week-long stint in the yellow jersey, sticking to Evans's wheel on a brutal closing climb to take a 10sec lead and become the fifth Briton in the maillot jaune.

STAGE NINE (9 July, Arc-et-Senans to Besancon, 41.5km time trial)

Wiggins emphatically wins the stage by 35sec from Froome, with Evans 1min 43sec adrift, taking the Londoner into the first rest day of the Tour with a 1min 53sec lead.

STAGE 11 (12 July, Albertville to La Toussuire, 148km)

Survives the toughest day and extends his lead over Evans to 3min 19sec as Froome moves into second place, 2min 5sec adrift. Froome might have cut the deficit further after a bizarre moment of miscommunication between the Team Sky colleagues.

STAGE 16 (18 July, Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon, 197km)

Wiggins finishes alongside Vincenzo Nibali to remain 2min 23sec clear of the Italian, with Froome staying second, as Evans's title defence ends as he finishes nearly 16 minutes behind the Englishman.

STAGE 17 (19 July, Bagnères-de-Luchon to Peyragudes, 143.5km)

In the race's final day in the mountains, Wiggins finishes in Froome's wheeltracks in third place on the stage, with Nibali 18 seconds further adrift as the Britons enhance their positions in first and second place in the overall classification. The Italian falls to 2min 41sec behind the lead.

STAGE 19 (21 July, Bonneval to Chartres, 53.5km time trial)

In the penultimate day's race against the clock, Wiggins finishes first to go on to the final day to Paris with an advantage of 3min 21sec. Froome is second.