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Giro d'Italia rider galleries: Bradley Wiggins

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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) escapes a fallen Movistar rider during the heavy rain

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) escapes a fallen Movistar rider during the heavy rain (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Wiggins (Sky) finishes the longest individual test at the 2013 Giro

Wiggins (Sky) finishes the longest individual test at the 2013 Giro (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) makes a quick dash to the team bus after the TT in

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) makes a quick dash to the team bus after the TT in (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Wiggins on the bac on the group on the technical descent on Stage 9

Wiggins on the bac on the group on the technical descent on Stage 9 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Rigoberto Uran and Sergio Henao pace their leader Bradley Wiggins (Sky) back into contention

Rigoberto Uran and Sergio Henao pace their leader Bradley Wiggins (Sky) back into contention (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) on a treacherous downhill

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) on a treacherous downhill (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Stage 4 did not go to plan for Bradley Wiggins (Sky) as he lost 17 seconds to his GC rivals.

Stage 4 did not go to plan for Bradley Wiggins (Sky) as he lost 17 seconds to his GC rivals. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was ebullient on the stage

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was ebullient on the stage (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky) lost contact with the front group in the stage 4 finale

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) lost contact with the front group in the stage 4 finale (Image credit: Sirotti)
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 Bradley Wiggins was looked after by his Sky teammates

Bradley Wiggins was looked after by his Sky teammates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins leads the Sky train

Bradley Wiggins leads the Sky train (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The 2012 winner of the Tour de France Sir Bradley Wiggins is yet to take an individual victory this season, which has surprised many after the Sky Procycling rider won a historic streak of tours last season including Paris-Nice, Romandie and the Dauphiné before becoming the first rider from Great Britain to win the Tour de France.

His desire to target and conquer the Giro d'Italia was hyped-up months ahead of the race start in Naples on 4 May and his Sky squad promptly delivered on the second day of racing in the team time trial. The group effort victory around Ischia was the first 'attack' against his general classification rivals but since then Wiggins has suffered from crashes, punctures, bad luck and after days of rain-soaked conditions, appears to have lost his nerve on the reported ice rink roads and twisting descents.

Wiggins performed marginally below the top mark in the 54.8km individual TT on Stage 8 after puncturing in the early part of the race and perhaps took longer than normal to find his rhythm again but falling off the pace is becoming a dangerous trend after he trailed behind the main group on Stage 9 and required the assistance of a number of his teammates to make the cut with his fellow GC rivals.

Sky's stake at the maglia rosa is far from lost but it will take a systematic approach for the absolute leader to move back into serious contention. With current leader Vincenzo Nibali (Cannondale) and a resurgent Cadel Evans (BMC) already ahead, Wiggins will need to up his ante if he is going to ride into Bescia with pink on his back.