Wiggins second in Criterium International time trial

Bradley Wiggins Criterium International st3 2009

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Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) finished second in the final 8.3km time trial at the two-day Criterium International race on Sunday.

Wiggins was a early starter and set a time of 10-11 for the course but was beaten by Germany?s Tony Martin (Columbia) who stopped the clock with a time of 10-05.

Columbia also took third and fourth with Frantisek Rabon and Maxime Monfort.

Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank) won overall for a fifth time.

The powerful German won the short Sunday morning hilly stage with an aggressive attack at the foot of the climb to the finish.

Starting last in the time trial, Voigt was able to pace his effort and finished fifth at 18 seconds. He managed to extend his overall lead on closest rival Danny Pate (Garmin-Slipstream) after the American was only seventh in the time trial. It was Rabon who almost spoilt Voigt's party. He pulled back ten seconds on the Germany and finished just two seconds behind in the overall standings. Pate was third at nine seconds.

After his fifth place on the opening stage, Ben Swift was 41st in the time trial and finished 33rd at 1-33. Bradley Wiggins was 45th overall at 3-04.

Criterium International stage three results
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Columbia 8.3km in 10-05

2. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin at 6secs

3. Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia at 8secs

4. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Columbia at 18secs

5. Jens Voigt (Ger) Saxo Bank at 18secs.

6. Bert Grabsch (Ger) Columbia at 20secs

7. Danny Pate (USA) Garmin at 23secs

8. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana at 24secs

9. Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana at 24secs

10. Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis at 25secs


41. Ben Swift (GB) Katusha at 50secs.

Final overall result
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank in 7-23-00

2. Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Columbia at 2secs

3. Danny Pate (USA) Garminat 9secs

4. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Coloumbia at 12secs

5. Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil 18secs

6. Jérome Coppel (Fra) Francaise des Jeux at 23secs

7. Juan Jose Oroz (Esp) Euskaltel at 30secs

8. Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis) at 34secs

9. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r at 38secs

10. Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Katusha at 37secs


33. Ben Swift (GB) Katusha at 1min 33secs

45. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin at 3mins 4secs


Jens Voigt sorts out the weekend washing


Criterium International 2009 photo gallery, by Graham Watson

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