We had high hopes of a podium place for Bradley Wiggins at the Vuelta, but having two Brits in the top three is quite staggering.

It was the final rest day as we went to press on Monday, with Chris Froome sitting just 20 seconds off the lead, and Wiggo a further 26 seconds back after the Sky pair survived a brutal day on the slopes of the Angliru.

With a couple more days of racing before we hit the shops on Thursday, circumstances could have changed again, but expectations are still high and Sky will certainly not let Cobo’s lead go unchallenged.

Froome says: “We’ll do everything in our power to keep battling and keep right up there in the standings,” and his words should not be taken lightly.

The Sky duo have made a formidable partnership and it seems unthinkable that before the Spanish race the team had no interest in re-signing him.

All that’s obviously changed and Sky must be kicking themselves as Froome weighs up his options. Whether he stays, or moves on, he won’t want to play second fiddle to anyone, especially to Wiggins, when he’s clearly the stronger rider.

None of this diminishes Wiggins’s performance. This has been Sky’s finest hour. Let’s hope it includes Froome in the future.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly

  • Sherwin Smith

    The measure of Wiggins’s lack of fitness in Spain showed in the time trials.

    In the Dauphine, even with the worse of the weather, Wiggins was only 10 seconds behind Martin; in the Vuelta he was over a minute behind him over a similar distance.

    Perhaps we shall see at the World Championships?

  • Ken Evans

    Coming from Africa Froome is used to the heat,
    Wiggins might be better in cooler conditions.

    I think Sky could used the advice of Wegelius.

  • Alick Watt

    Would you not consider froome to be the stronger rider in this specific race? Wiggins has performed on the back of injury and a 6 Week lay off, with training only in the legs.

    Do you not think on the back of this that wiggins will still be the best 2012 tour de France prospect?

    I also think that froome has excelled and found out what he is capable of by targeting supporting wiggins. Interested in your perspective.