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2012 Tour de France Standings: Wiggins Poised For Strong Finish

The 2012 Tour de France enters Stage 18 of 20 on Friday, and with the latest results in, it is time to start keeping an eye on the overall classifications. Alejandro Valverde won Stage 17 with a 19-second margin of victory, but with a third-place finish, Bradley Wiggins of the U.K. retains his strong, two-minute lead in the individuals standings.

Wiggins, who is racing for Sky Procycling, started the Tour in second place, but has been in first place since Stage 7. The 32-year-old Wiggins spent the 2009 season with Colorado's now-Garmin-Sharp team before joining Team Sky in 2010.

Here is a look at the top ten players in the top 10, courtesy of LeTour.com:

RANK NAT RIDER RIDER NO. TEAM TIMES GAP
1. GBR WIGGINS Bradley 101 SKY PROCYCLING 78h 28' 02''
2. GBR FROOME Christopher 105 SKY PROCYCLING 78h 30' 07'' + 02' 05''
3. ITA NIBALI Vincenzo 51 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 78h 30' 43'' + 02' 41''
4. BEL VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 111 LOTTO-BELISOL TEAM 78h 33' 55'' + 05' 53''
5. USA VAN GARDEREN Tejay 9 BMC RACING TEAM 78h 36' 32'' + 08' 30''
6. AUS EVANS Cadel 1 BMC RACING TEAM 78h 37' 59'' + 09' 57''
7. ESP ZUBELDIA Haimar 19 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 78h 38' 13'' + 10' 11''
8. FRA ROLLAND Pierre 29 TEAM EUROPCAR 78h 38' 19'' + 10' 17''
9. SLO BRAJKOVIC Janez 181 ASTANA PRO TEAM 78h 39' 02'' + 11' 00''
10. FRA PINOT Thibaut 146 FDJ-BIGMAT 78h 39' 48'' + 11' 46'

SB Nation Denver is your source for 2012 Tour de France updates on Team Garmin-Sharp, and be sure to visit cycling blog Podium Cafe as well.