Tour de France 2012: Stage 10 Preview, Col du Grand Colombier Lies Ahead On Wednesday

BESANCON, FRANCE - JULY 09: Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Sky Procycling rides to first place in the individual time trial and defended the race leader's yellow jersey in stage nine of the 2012 Tour de France from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon on July 9, 2012 in Besancon, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bradley Wiggins will lead the riders at the 2012 Tour de France into Stage 10 on Wednesday. The riders will have a tough climb up the Col du Grand Colombier ahead of them.

After enjoying Tuesday off, riders in the 2012 Tour de France will have another mountain stage ahead of them on Wednesday. Part of Stage 10 involves a 10.8-mile climb (with an average gradient of 7.1%) up the Col du Grand Colombier for the first time in the Tour's 99-year history.

The SB Nation video below shows where this ascent will take place at in terms of the overall route for Stage 10.

Bradley Wiggins will be wearing the yellow jersey again on Wednesday after taking Stage 9 by thirty-five seconds on July 9. Wiggins extended his overall lead over Cadel Evans to 1'53". Chris Froome is 2'07" back while Vincenzo Nabali is 2'23" behind. Denis Menchov is in fifth place at 3'02" off the lead.

Full standings for the Tour de France can be found at NBCSports.com.

For all things cycling and more Tour de France coverage, head over to Podium Cafe.

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