CHARTRES, France - Bradley Wiggins confirmed he will become the first British Tour de France champion as the bottom fell out of Cadel Evans' title defence.
Wiggins won the 53.5km time trial on Saturday from Bonneval to Chartres in an hour four minutes and 13 seconds, a minute and 13 seconds ahead of Sky teammate and compatriot Chris Froome. The British star has a lead of 3:21 over Froome with only Sunday's traditional final Paris stage to come.
But Evans had a nightmare day, finishing 52nd in a discipline where he usually excels.
He dropped one place to seventh on the overall standings, 15:51 behind Wiggins, and that will be his final position.