Paris, July 22 : Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins says his domination of this year''s race hasn''t yet sunk it, despite there being just one stage remaining. But he used his Tour de France coronation speech to warn against a return to the performance-distorting drug culture of the ''90s. Wiggins will tonight embark on nothing more than a 120km ceremonial ride from Rambouillet on to the Champs-Elysees, assured of becoming the first British champion in race history.
The Englishman extended his overall lead over Sky teammate and compatriot Chris Froome to a yawning 3min 21sec ahead of tonight''s finale. But Evans, 35, suffered the ignominy of being caught by BMC teammate Tejay van Garderen after 33km, despite starting three minutes earlier. In a tour of unremitting disappointment, the defending champion failed to fire once more, finishing 52nd of 153 riders in one hour 10 minutes seven seconds.
Cycling was forced to confront accusations of endemic doping after the Festina and Operacion Puerto affairs. There are still stark reminders of the sport''s bleakest days with the current doping allegations surrounding seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong. Wiggins revealed one of his inspirations for a historic victory - he will become the first Briton to win the race - is Cadel Evans. "What drives me is my love of the Tour, my respect of the sport. It goes back to my childhood,” said Wiggins. (ANI)