By Shane Stokes in Potenza, Italy
Bradley Wiggins (Team High Road) is content with how things have gone so far in the Giro d'Italia. He had no major personal ambitions, but is riding in a team role and also getting in a good fitness level before his targeting of the track events at the Olympic Games this summer.
"I'm here for a bit of everything, really," he said. "It's mainly to come through it. Mark [Cavendish] has obviously been a big goal for the sprints. My role is to get him to two kilometres to go, really, and then the other sprinter guys go from there."
Wiggins and the rest of the team had a morale boost on Tuesday when team-mate and compatriot Mark Cavendish sprinted to his first Grand Tour stage victory. "The mood was really good after Mark's win," said Wiggins. "However the attention turned straight to the next day, really…we had no time, by the time we had the transfer and got to the hotel, it was late."
The Briton has been one of many who have been frustrated by the length of the transfers after the stages. "So far it's been pretty tough," he said. "We have not been in bed before midnight yet."
He's a strong rider against the clock, but plays down thoughts that he might get on well here. This year's event has three individual time trials, with the first from Pesaro-Urbino on Tuesday to be followed by the San Vigilio di Marebbe-Plan de Corones test on May 26 and the Grand Tour's final stage from Cesano Maderno-Milano on June 1.
"The time trials will be pretty tough…it's not until we get to Milan [that a time trial suits me]," he said. "That first time trial is a bit hard for me, I don't expect to do much there, and the second one is even worse! So we will see."