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Giro d'Italia: Wiggins says Sky still has cards to play

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May 12, 2013, 11:37,
May 12, 2013, 12:44
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, May 12, 2013
Giro d'Italia
Bradley Wiggins (Sky) comes over the line in second place

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) comes over the line in second place

  • Bradley Wiggins (Sky) comes over the line in second place
  • Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
  • Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) started poorly but finished well
  • Bradley Wiggins (Sky) rounds a bend

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Three inside top ten but Nibali in control

Bradley Wiggins said he got the best out of himself in the second half of the stage 8 individual time trial at the Giro d’Italia on Saturday, but rued a puncture that may have cost him the stage victory.

Wiggins finished second behind grand tour debutant Alex Dowsett in the individual test to Saltara, and moved into fourth overall. However the time trial marked a key area in which the Tour de France champion was expected to distance his GC rivals. He only managed to put 11 seconds into maglia rosa Vincenzo Nibali, leaving him 1’16 behind the Astana leader. Cadel Evans and Robert Gesink all remained above Wiggins despite the Brit clawing back some of the time he’d lost after a stage 7 crash.

At the finish in Saltara Wiggins once again declined to talk to the press but he later posted his thoughts on Team Sky’s website. “There are two weeks to go. The last week’s going to be very difficult and the time gaps are relatively small still. A minute and 16 to Nibali still with all the problems yesterday isn't that bad it’s all to play for. It’s not easy to defend a Grand Tour lead so it’s not a bad position to be in,” he said.

"We’re still here and we’ve got three guys in the top 10 now. We’ve got a few cards to play.”

Sergio Luis Henao lies in 7th with Rigoberto Uran in 10th but Wiggins' performances in the first weeks will mean he must go on the offensive in the mountains and take on Nibali on the Italian’s favoured terrain.

“I think there was some initial disappointment because I wanted to win the stage. It’s been a challenging few days with the crash yesterday and then to come back up. It wasn’t an easy course. I’ve said all along that it wasn’t one of those ones where you could take three or four minutes out of people because it was so technical at the start.”


ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
well sir WIGGINS we are not in the french tour where they give you the tour if you are has good you did mention last year then show us what you can do ??????????
samerics More than 1 year ago
? Grammar is a wonderful thing, you should try it!
PeterMc More than 1 year ago
??Grammer? Sorry I find all of ellenbrook2001's comments Cryptic. Amussing though they are, but you can fill in time deciphering them :-p (Said with all due respect to someone I believe doesn't use neglish as a first language eleenbrook2001)
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Another worthless comment which is not based on any facts. Wiggins and Sky won the Tour last year. No one gave it to them. Yes some other top riders were missing, but no one gives you a Tour win.
samerics More than 1 year ago
Throwing the bike down is natural when you are psyched up for an athletic performance and yet again you have a problem. Give him a break.
PeterMc More than 1 year ago
in Tennis it's called racket abuse is is punishable.... :-)
simo1733 More than 1 year ago
He would have more pressure in the Maglia Rosa and so would the team.
NashbarShorts More than 1 year ago
Wiggo's plan to 'sandbag' the Giro is working MASTERFULLY! :D
Andrea Cerri More than 1 year ago
Nice words ( or typing since he decided not to speakI) but the situation is that he should have been 2 minutes ahead of Nibali/Evans and he's 1 minute back.
HailPantani More than 1 year ago
Sir Brad was shaky in the first few stages - being off the back when crashes occurred looked like it was carelessness - but now it looks like he was (and is) totally out of sorts. No-one likes descending in the wet but it's skill a GT winner needs. I can't remember every stage in last year's Tour but it must surely have rained - and we didn't notice this lack of confidence on descents. What's going on?
steelguitar More than 1 year ago
Got to love team skys chances. now that Wiggo hasn't got the lead after the time trial, they can turn Uran and Henao loose in the mountains. Every one is down on Wiggins but Hesjedal has been the biggest disappointment so far. The next two weeks are going to be exciting. Nibali has the form and the team to back him up , but in the Giro anything can happen.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Wiggins just seems to have zero confidence, while Nibali seems more motivated than ever in his career which equals great form and the ability to get the most out of it. But as said anything can happen. Look how Cadel was written off and how nicely he sits in GC.
philjthommo More than 1 year ago
As Raoul stated i think Cadel is sitting in the best and most unexpected positions given his form coming into the giro. . . . Or is that just an aussie living in hope?