Yellow Looking Good On Wiggins
10th July 2012
When Bradley Wiggins was entered into the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame in 2010, it was beyond fantasy that in just two years he would be the hot favourite for the world’s biggest cycling race, the Tour de France. Writes Joe Batchelor
The former London Youth Games Camden rider is currently wearing the prestigious yellow jersey (leader of the race) in the race around France and is in contention to be the first British rider to ever win the event.
The thirty-two year old made his name on the Olympic track cycling scene where he won six medals including gold in the individual pursuit in 2004 and 2008 and gold in the team pursuit in 2008.
On Monday, Wiggins claimed his first stage victory of the Tour with his time trial success and, in the process, extended his overall lead over last year’s winner, Australian Cadel Evans, to one minute and 53 seconds.
Wiggins told BBC Sport: "It's a fantastic position to be in but I'm a human, not a machine, and there's always the possibility of a bad day or a crash.
"Cadel is not going to give up before we get to Paris. I struggled a little bit at that mountain summit the other day when I took the jersey. I didn't sleep very well that night.
"I allowed the emotion of taking the jersey to slightly get to me. But that's what it's all about, that's why I do this sport, that's why I love it and that's why I train as hard as I do.
"Fortunately we've got a rest day, so a little bit more time to let it all sink in."
The Tour de France finishes on Sunday 22th July in Paris and is made up of one prologue and 20 stages and covers a distance of 3,497 kilometres.
Distinctive aspects of the race:
9 flat stages
4 medium mountain stages - one with a summit finish
5 mountain stages - two with a summit finish
2 individual time-trial stages
2 rest days
Only one week after the Tour ends, Wiggins will be looking to win gold in the Individual Time Trial at the London Olympics as well as racing for Mark Cavendish in the Olympic Road Race which is the first gold medal on offer at the Games.