Bradley Wiggins de panne 2009

Bradley Wiggins finished 12 minutes 34 seconds behind stage winner and Giro d'Italia leader Danilo Di Luca in Pinerolo but as he got changed on the Garmin team bus, rather than disappointed, he was in some way relieved that he no longer had to fight for a place in the top 20 in the overall standings.

Wiggins? ability to climb with the leaders, and even drop Lance Armstrong, has made him one of the revelations of the first part of the Giro and someone for British cycling fans to cheer for on the climbs. But he is intelligent enough to see the bigger picture and know he has more important and more achievable goals, later in the Giro and at the Tour de France in July.

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