The man behind Wiggins' Giro transformation

Bradley Wiggins Giro d Italia 2009 stage 4

Bradley Wiggins was perhaps a little disappointed with his ride in the Giro d?Italia time trial but his coach Matt Parker was very proud of him and happy to be in Italy to see him ride so well.

Parker knows Wiggins more than anyone else as an athlete after working together for years chasing Olympic and world championship gold on the track. He knows the pain Wiggins went through in the gruelling 60.6km time trial but also knows all the hard work done in the last six months as Wiggins worked on his metamorphosis from track pursuiter to stage race rider.

Parker congratulated Wiggins on his ride near the finish in Riomaggiore and then analysed his performance for Cycling Weekly.

?Brad?s shown that when you prepare for the specifics in these events, he?s as good an athlete as anyone and he?s still improving,? Parker said.

?He?s worked hard over the winter and he?s proved that he?s far more than just a time trialist. It?s the first winter for a long time where he?s just concentrated on doing the job for the road.?

?I think it?s one of the best time trials I?ve seen him do. But there?s still lots of improvement in there and there?s still lots to come because it?s still quite early in the season. Saying that, this is no means a training event for the Tour de France. He?s come here to go well and put himself up there to show that he can ride. And he?s doing that.?

Dropping Lance

Parker watched Wiggins drop Lance Armstrong on the first big Dolomite stage to Alpe di Suisi last week.

It was a breakthrough moment for Wiggins but Parker was expecting it after seeing how Wiggins had improved his power and dropped his weight in recent months. He even expects more in the future, perhaps in the Tour de France in July.

?I wasn?t surprised because that what he was aiming to do. He?s a big powerful guy and at race weight for the major Tours, he can climb as well as anybody,? Parker told Cycling Weekly.

?He?s missing that last little bit at the moment, just those last few kilometres, but he?s never been there before. Everything he?s done and is doing at the Giro will stand him in good stead and then he?ll move on from there.?

?When we get to the end of the Giro we?ll review everything and look at the targets he?s set himself. He?s putting it all together so well. It?s not only about training. It?s about putting into the race and he?s doing that fantastically well. Hopefully he can improve in a few areas and move on again.?

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Giro d'Italia 2009 links

Stage reports

Stage 12: Menchov storms to Giro TT win and race lead

Stage 11: Cavendish romps to second Giro stage win

Stage 10: Di Luca lays down the gauntlet

Giro rest day review (May 18)

Stage nine: Cavendish blitzes rivals to win in Milan

Stage eight: Siutsou makes it two in a row for Columbia-Highroad

Stage seven: Boasson Hagen takes treacherous stage

Stage six: Scarponi wins longest stage with big break

Stage five: Menchov wins mountain battle as Di Luca grabs the pink jersey

Stage four: Di Luca denies Soler on the line; Lovkvist takes pink jersey

Stage three: Cavendish loses pink jersey after being caught behind late crash

Stage two: Petacchi denies Cavendish the stage win

Stage one: Cavendish in pink as Columbia prove their point to Garmin

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Stage 10 photo gallery

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Stage two photo gallery

Stage one photo gallery

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