Paris-Nice leader Bradley Wiggins says he will focus on his performance and nothing else during tomorrow’s decisive time trial on Col d’Èze.

Wiggins goes into the final stage just six seconds ahead of second place Lieuwe Westra as he looks to become only the second British rider to win the ‘Race to the Sun’.

Having topped the standings since stage two, the Team Sky rider insists that it is up to him to win the race.

“There’s no point me sitting on the start line going: ‘I wonder how Lieuwe Westra is today? I wonder if he’s got the legs?'” he said.

“It’s every man for himself – you can’t hide on Col d’Èze.

“My biggest adversary will be myself, how I prepare and how I get in the zone. Other than that, I’m not thinking about anything else.”

However, today’s stage winner Thomas De Gendt believes his Vacansoleil-DCM team-mate Westra will take the overall victory.

“On this moment Lieuwe is one of the best climbers in the race. Two days ago he was better than Wiggins on climb [in Mende] and now Leipheimer is out of the general classification, six seconds is not that much.

“If Lieuwe has a good day he can go very fast on the mountain. I think going to surprise himself. I’m pretty sure he is going to win it.”

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  • Eric Gasmin

    Don’t know much about Westra and his TT skills, but Wiggins is known for his strength in the ITT. I’m pulling for the Briton in this year’s Paris-Nice.

  • arronski

    GO WIGGO !