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Wiggins, Calm down

by CS (U13260344) 17 July 2009
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Firstly Wiggins is doing an amazing ride and the following isn't an attack on him.
However so far he's done a very good ITT and a very good TTT and stayed with the leaders on Arcalis along with a lot of other riders. Now, he's showen he can ride well in the mountains on one day and his time trailling has flattered his GC position. I just can't see him hanging on on some of the very mountainous stages. Also Ventoux may just be a step to far for him. Having said that if and only if he hangs on in the alps he could steal the yellow in Annecy but Ventoux may be just too hard for him.
I am of course supporting him but i'd just like to say it's not a foregone conclusion and if he does do it it would be the ride of the century.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

If there is actually any action today (please God let there be action) we will see if Wiggo is up there because of his recent drastic improvement, or because the pace on the climbs has been so leisurely to this point. Or both cases can be true.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

There is no denying Wiggins ability or his achievements but I think he is an arrogant prat particularly after letting Cavendish down last year in Bejing because he was apparently 'exhausted'. It was too easy for him for him to sit back after claiming his two golds and 'give up' not even giving Cav a half decent chance. This is more prevelent when you look at the likes of Hoy who was not too 'exhausted' to claim his three. I know the rift between Cav and Wiggins has been well documented but I think Wiggins is jealous of Cavendish and his success on the road, also his guttsy decision to shun track cycling in order to focus on the tour etc and Wiggins clearly wants to jump on the band wagon of this success.
Whatever Wiggins,you're good but it just ain't right!

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Re Wiggins callously letting down Cav and comparisons to Hoy. It's great that Britain has a sport where we take winning for granted, but to suggest it was easy to win the Madison, and Wiggins didn't bother is just wrong. The Madison is a race where favourites are marked heavily, and not given opportunities to escape. No one will let a World Champ go for a lap, if they can help it - so unlike the sprint (which I love), being a previous winner is not a psychological advantage. The comparison is meaningless.

If you watched the race, you'll have seen he didn't give up. There is an argument that Wiggins shouldn't have ridden, but that wasn't his decision, it was the team directors - basically, blame Brailsford.

Wiggins made the decision to concentrate on road before the Olympics - he came out of Beijing and went straight into road training, that's why he's done so well.

It's ok not to like him, I don't have a problem with that, but those arguments don't hold water

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comment by CS (U13260344)

posted Jul 19, 2009

I was going to delete andy's comments because they are drivel but i thought free speech?
I would love to see Wiggins hang on to a top 10 despite writing him off before the tour.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

He's a good tour rider!. I really can see no reason why Wiggins will not finish in the top three this year, Wiggins should forget about the track, within the next three years he will win either the tour or the Giro, who care's about the Olympic's. P.s i am not getting carried away.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Wiggins is well placed for a podium finish, a revelation he has certainly been

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posted Jul 19, 2009

Bradley will compete in the 2012 Games in London ; it will just be the Road Race rather than the track. As a top pro cyclist he is now getting is rewards. He has every chance of winning - but not this year with Contador in such storming form.

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posted Jul 19, 2009

"There is no denying Wiggins ability or his achievements but I think he is an arrogant prat particularly after letting Cavendish down last year in Bejing because he was apparently 'exhausted'." andyfxtn (U14074804)


I think you will find that Cavendish is more the "arrogant prat". Im routing for Wiggens over Cav

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posted Jul 20, 2009

us Brits are amazing aren't we? We have two world class riders and yet all many of the 'poster's' can do is have a go at either wiggins or Can - or both... Wiggins should concentrate on road racing from now on and then he would have 3 - 5 years to win the Tour which would be a monumental achievement; of course, several of you would say he should concentrate on the bloody Madison in 2012 but I would certainly rather have him perhaps win the Tour.

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comment by neil (U10503923)

posted Jul 20, 2009

I don't think Wiggins can win the TdF, not with Contadour three years his junior and a country mile ahead of him in terms of climbing ability, but for Wiggins to be where he is right now is an amazing feat. Especially considering his background. Pursuiters often make superb roadmen in the classics and flatter grand tour stages (Ekimov springs to mind) but to be attacking on an alpine climb and contesting the GC? Unheard of. A top 10 in the TdF seems assured, possibly even a top 5. With form like that a Giro or Vuelta wouldn't seem unlikely. PLUS Cav dishing it out in the sprints. Heady days for British cycling.

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