Wednesday July 11th, 2012

Stage 10Mâcon / Bellegarde-sur-Valserine

Start 12h25 GMT 2+

Wiggins: It all went to script today

interview11.07.2012Stage 10- Mâcon / Bellegarde-sur-Valserine

There was a big climb and Bradley Wiggins had to manage attacks from the likes of Vincenzo Nibali and Jurgen van den Broeck but the race leader never panicked and ultimately he reached Bellegarde-sur-Valserine in contact with his main rivals for the yellow jersey.

“When [Vincenzo] Nibali teamed up with [Peter] Sagan it did look as though it had the potential to work but we do have to gamble a little bit here, we can't just chase everything that moves and fortunately we didn't panic. We got down that descent, rode hard on the next climb and got him back so it all worked out.
“You've got to continually calculate in your head and be quite businesslike and not let the emotion of the moment get to you. But Jurgen [van den Broeck] is five minutes down so we could afford to let him slip away slightly. Nibali went alone and I knew that he would have had to make quite a big effort in the last 30 kilometres or so to stay away alone... so we sort of gambled a bit, thinking that we'd be able to peg him back – which we did. We kept cool in those moments and it's times like that that certainly will help us win the Tour. But they are moments when we could potentially lose the Tour as well.
“I can't express my appreciation to the work of my team-mates. ‘Thank-you' is not enough for the work that they do. But we've been together all year, we've been training together, we've been rooming together... and they're a fantastic group and I certainly wouldn't be in this position without them.
“It was pretty straight forward today really. The break went early and we didn't have to go crazy like we did in Switzerland that day [stage eight]. We knew that the climb would be tough but that, probably, the attacks would come on the descent – which they did. So it all went to script today and it all worked out. There wasn't any moment when I was really worried.
“We're in a massive bubble and we have no idea what's going on at home although I can understand what the reaction to the Tour is like because I sat at home and watched it myself last year. I know how much people follow it at home and that's fantastic but cycling is becoming more and more popular and mainstream. The exploits of Chris Hoy on the track and stuff like that is fantastic for our sport and fantastic for sport in the UK.”

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