What next for Bradley Wiggins after this week’s fantastic victory in the Dauphiné? The Sky leader is playing down his chances of a podium finish at the Tour de France but he is in with a very good chance if he can keep his form for the next two weeks.
Forget last year’s disappointing performance; this is the same Bradley Wiggins who surprised everyone with his breakthrough fourth place in the 2009 Tour. Our man is time trialling and climbing better than ever in his race build-up and, scarily, he confesses, “I’m not at 100 per cent yet.”
“I can’t follow Schleck and Contador in the mountains, but the time trial is my thing,” he says. It’s a plan that worked perfectly in the Dauphiné: he gained on his rivals in the time trial but didn’t panic when the pressure was on in the mountains.
This was also the race that showed Sky as a world-class team. Bradley got the all support he needed and more, particularly from Edvald Boasson Hagen, who will be remembered for his mammoth pace-setting for Wiggins up the final climb on the penultimate stage.
It bodes well for the Tour. “Anything can happen,” says Wiggins. He’s not wrong. It’s shaping up to be quite a race. Can Cav finally grab green, and what of Contador’s controversial last-minute inclusion?
All this and much, much more in next week’s full Tour de France preview.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly