Wiggins philosophical as lead shrinks in Vuelta

Bradley Wiggins in the lead, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 11

Four seconds. That is all that separates Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) after a tough mountain stage where Nibali moved off the front in an early attack and snatched a time bonus, then tried his luck again on a descent of the dangerous Ancares climb.

Nibali later revealed he'd been worried of a repeat of the scenario in last year's Giro where a mass break mid-way through the race had unexpectedly gained a large amount of time. Movistar's David Arroyo took the lead as a result and unexpectedly hung on to second overall, a performance that edged Nibali down a spot into third.

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