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Cycling-Wiggins roars into lead in Safari Park time trial

Reuters

Sept 17 (Reuters) - Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins took the lead in the Tour of Britain after a rain-soaked time trial through Cheshire's Knowsley Safari park on Tuesday.

The Team Sky leader finished the 16 kms course in 19.54 minutes with team mate and fellow-Briton Ian Stannard 32 seconds behind.

Wiggins, who lay in 12th place overall before the stage began, shrugged off any effects from a fall on Monday's stage in the Lake District.

He will defend the race leader's golden jersey as the Tour winds from Stoke-on-Trent into Wales on Wednesday and in the remaining four days of racing.

New Zealander Jack Bauer of the Garmin-Sharp team was third on the stage, 42 seconds behind, which propels him into the same position in the overall classification. (Writing by Oliver Haill in London; Editing by John Mehaffey)

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