London 2012: Bradley Wiggins extends lead, closer to Tour victory
Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins struck right with an impressive lead after the stage at the mountains and inches closer to victory with three more stages to go.
Wiggins lead over his Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome is steady at two minutes five seconds, while both the team-mates completed a third and second place at the podium. The closest competitor Vincenzo Nibali, who was placed third, lost 18 seconds after a gruelling stage at the mountains.
Wiggins said, “The moment we crossed the Peyresourde, I allowed myself to drift and that was the first time I thought maybe I’ve won the Tour today. All the way up that last climb my concentration had gone, everything about performance had gone. Chris was egging me on to take more time and I was in another world, really.”
Cycling is a team sport and every cyclist supports each other during the entire Tour. Wiggins added, “Everyone in the team makes sacrifices for the yellow jersey, that’s cycling. It’s our work. I’m 32 and I hope to win the Tour one day. If you had said to me a month before the Tour that with three days to go I would be second I wouldn’t have believed you. I’m very happy. I’m sure that he will win the Tour one day too.”
The Team Sky are supporting their rider in every possible way and hopes to help him lead to victory and making the 32-year old Londoner the first British rider to win the Tour in it’s 109-year history.