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Relief for Wiggins as he clinches 2013 Tour of Britain title

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September 23, 2013, 13:34,
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The overriding feeling for Bradley Wiggins was that of relief after he crossed the finish line in London on Sunday to seal the 2013 Tour of Britain title.

The 2012 Tour de France winner became the second homegrown rider to win the race after he successfully defended a lead he established when he won stage three’s individual time in Knowsley.

The victory marked an important chapter in a relatively disappointing season for the British rider who abandoned the Giro d’Italia in May and then was ruled out of the Tour through injury.

“Until you cross the line you just don’t know. It’s all right to think it’s a bit of a ceremony round London, but it certainly isn’t,” Wiggins said the final stage, according to The Times.

“You cross the line, you’re pumped up. It’s relief that you’ve finished and fulfilled it for your team and your team-mates.

"The feeling at the moment is more just relief than anything else, to be honest. It’s a funny one, you want to win it and when you’ve crossed the line you feel relief more for your team-mates that you’ve fulfilled the job.”

The Tour of Britain celebrated its tenth anniversary this year with a demanding route that kicked off in Scotland and ventured into Wales before the final stage in London. On the back of Great Britain’s success in the last two Tours and the London Olympics, the British cycling scene has arguably never been in such rude health.

“Every day this whole race, even in the rain in Scotland and Carlisle and Kendal, people were coming out in tens of thousands, it felt like. The reception the race has had, the team have had and myself throughout the race has been overwhelming at times and nice to see,” Wiggins said.

“It’s been a big year for cycling. At the start of the year all the talk, worldwide, was of Lance Armstrong. Since that two-week period no one’s mentioned Lance for the rest of the year. It’s nice to come to a race like this when it’s just about the sport, people come out and watch it and they love it. I enjoy it more when it’s like that, to be honest.”

Wiggins will hope to carry his Tour of Britain form to the World Championships this week where he will compete on two fronts. He will take on Tony Martin (Germany) and Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) in Wednesday’s individual time trial before supporting Chris Froome's bid to win the men's elite road race on Sunday.


pub_cap_scott More than 1 year ago
2013 title maybe?
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
I can't understand why CN doesn't update the Key Results of top riders - Wiggins' for example is lamentably out of date on this page. By then this headline will have been corrected or the item will be dead and buried in the archive.
tommy_nickels More than 1 year ago
The rider database likely does not generate enough page/ad clicks compared to news stories.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Glad to see it's now corrected! How about the Key Results update across the board please, CN? Many thanks.
tbulger More than 1 year ago
Yes it really was relief that he finally won the 2012 ToB ... it took him over 12 months slogging away to finally win (on Sept 22nd 2013) the 2012 title. Chapeau to Chris
fuketa ojisan More than 1 year ago
Glad to see Wiggins in good form again.
Christopher Clarke More than 1 year ago
C'mon. Let's be honest. The ToB is a 2nd string race. The fact that Wiggo is only "relieved" to have won, speaks volumes for where his head is at right now. His retirement speech is just around the corner. A shame, because i think he could do well if he trained specifically for the spring classics.
gaz753 More than 1 year ago
Maybe his head was in Tuscany.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
I think this refers to the fact that with a fairly slender lead he could have lost the race if, during the scamper round the streets of London, a pile-up or other problem had delayed him. I am sure that it was a relief to reach the last 3km to go. it's fair to be concerned about that in a race of any grade if you are in the lead. Why do you have to think it's a grand thing to make semi-mocking comments about any rider. I think you are wrong. There's a lot left in Wiggo. You might see some of it in the Worlds this this week and after next season I am sure you will see it on the track again, if your interest extends that far.
Christopher Clarke More than 1 year ago
sorry if my tone read like i was mocking Wiggo.. as per my last sentence - I'm willing him on to do well in future seasons .... but obviously not as a GT rider. I think those days are long gone. He got lucky with a Tour route that couldnt have been better had he drawn it on the map himself. The rest is history. Now time to make some new goals. The self-confidence just isn't there like it was last year. It's interesting to see how such a big fuss is made of the Tour of Britain.. it is NOT really that important race in the calendar, like a monument or GT... the importance can be measured by how it even overlapped with the WC schedule!! However, SKY and Wiggo have made it into a major achievement to have "held on" to win the GC. Let's hope its the start of his confidence returning, because a confident Wiggo is an asset to the peloton.
Mrjones More than 1 year ago
Shame wiggins isn't so keen on winning the tour again!! Oh sorry I forgot he doesn't like losing or being overshadowed by anyone else.. Or accepting Thats where all the real grand tour contenders would Kick his sorry bad loser butt!! Oh well he can always pretend he's as good!!