It’s looking good for Bradley Wiggins. He doesn’t win on the road too often, then just at the right time he scores back-to-back victories, first in the Dauphiné stage race at the beginning of the month and then in the National Road Race Championship on Sunday.
“To be in that position at the Dauphine has been fantastic, but it’s just part of the journey,” the Sky Team leader explains in this issue’s exclusive interview.
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And on winning the national road tile: “This was on the programme, this was part of the taper for the Tour de France.” Make no mistake, Wiggins is overjoyed with his championship win but it’s still only a step towards that ultimate goal of being the first Brit to make it onto the Tour podium.
He came close with fourth two years ago, but admits that 2009 was “a bit of a fluke”.
“I was just making it up as I went along really, taking it day by day. There wasn’t the detail and fine planning we’re doing now,” he says.
This year’s preparation included a two-week training camp at altitude which according to Wiggo was “the most constructive thing I have ever done”.
He has the form, he’s ready for the high mountains and just as importantly, he is at last comfortable with his role at Sky. “I was so far from being a leader results-wise or in the way I was behaving and had a long look at myself and knew that I had to change,” he confesses.
This really could be Wiggo’s year.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly