Bradley Wiggins Tour de France 2007 stage four

A COURAGEOUS ride by Bradley Wiggins saw him get to within seven kilometres of victory in the Tour de France today, after spending more than 190 kilometres out front on his own.

During his five hours up the road, it was suggested that Wiggins had attacked to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Tom Simpson and to celebrate his wife?s birthday. After finishing last on the stage, 3-42 behind Boonen, Wiggins clarified that neither were true.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.