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Wiggins rides Felt AR to Herald Sun Tour win!

Friday, October 16, 2009
Australia — As an Olympic medalist with a long list of major wins to his name when racing against the clock, Garmin-Slipstream rider Bradley Wiggins was expected to do some damage in Friday’s decisive time trial stage at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia. Sure enough, Wiggins delivered, employing a secret weapon—his Felt AR, the most aerodynamic road bike ever created—to take the win and the overall lead with one stage to go.

Wiggins’ win extended Garmin-Slipstream’s incredible domination at the Herald Sun Tour—it marked the team’s fourth consecutive stage win in the seven-day stage race. The British sensation stormed the course, which traveled around Geelong’s Botanical Gardens, and beat runner-up and teammate Svein Tuft of Canada by 14 seconds.

Chris Sutton, Garmin’s sprinter who has already won three stages at the Herald Sun Tour, finished sixth in the TT, 48 seconds behind Wiggins. The Aussie now sits second overall, 5 seconds back in the GC. Tuft is fourth overall, 39 seconds back, giving the Argyle Armada three of the top-four placings.

It seems certain at this point that Garmin-Slipstream will score the overall win at the Herald Sun Tour, and with only one stage remaining, the big question is which rider from the Argyle Armada will take the top step of the podium.

The answer will be revealed on Saturday when riders tackle a circuit race in Melbourne.

Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Australia, October 11-17

Stage 5
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB), Garmin-Slipstream, 13:08
2. Svein Tuft (Can), Garmin-Slipstream, at 0:14
3. Bernard Van Ulden (USA), Jelly Belly, at 0:32
4. Rohan Dennis (Aus), Jayco AIS, at 0:43
5. Benjamin Day (Aus), Fly V Australia, at 0:44
6. Chris Sutton (Aus), Garmin-Slipstream, at 0:48

General Classification
1. Bradley Wiggins (Aus), Garmin-Slipstream, 14:24:32
2. Chris Sutton (Aus), Garmin-Slipstream, at 0:05
3. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus), Fly V Australia, at 0:32
4. Svein Tuft (Can), Garmin-Slipstream, at 1:08
5. Bernard Van Ulden (USA), Jelly Belly, at 1:41