Sky’s Bradley Wiggins ended the first Pyrenees stage today in Ax 3 Domaines upset with his Tour de France performance. He cleaned himself at the team bus and then spoke frankly with the press.

“To be honest with you, I am f**ked, mate. It is as simple as that, I ain’t going to lie to you,” explained Wiggins. “I am just trying my hardest, battling on. Rather than give up.”

The first day in the Pyrenees included the two high-mountain climbs. Wiggins lost time on the first and never recovered for the second to the finish in Ax 3 Domaines.

Wiggins finished nearly five minutes behind winner Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale) and, more importantly, 3’51” behind overall leader Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank). He now sits 18th overall, 11’30” back, with three more mountain stages to come and a long time trial.

Expectations were high for Wiggins after he finished fourth overall last year behind Alberto Contador. Pressure mounted when he switched from Garmin to join and lead the British-based Team Sky.

“It is a huge learning curve, my first year where I really tackled it full-on like this,” Wiggins continued. “Last year was a bit of fluke. It is easy to think you can get it right this year.”

The mountains continue tomorrow with a stage to Bagnères-de-Luchon, which contains three high-mountain climbs. Sky may continue to support Thomas Löfkvist, who had his freedom to ride ahead today instead of remaining with Wiggins.

Löfkvist said that Sky had given him his freedom today in case Wiggins had a bad day. He finished 2’29” ahead of Wiggins and is now 16th overall at 9’46” back.

“This year, Brad is not physically in that front group. It is as simple as that. You either got it or you haven’t,” said Sky team manager David Brailsford.

“We always said he was going to commit 100 per cent. If that is good enough for the win, great, or for 10th, great.”

Wiggins agreed, despite being upset.

“I am not giving up on anything,” added Wiggins. “I will just keep pushing on and do my best, and see where that is in Paris.”

He said on the rest day six days ago that his aim was for a top 10.

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