Thursday July 12th, 2012

Stage 11Albertville / La Toussuire - Les Sybelles

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Wiggins: I was surprised Cadel attacked...

interview12.07.2012Stage 11- Albertville / La Toussuire - Les Sybelles

Before the 2012 Tour began, Bradley Wiggins had said that he thought stage 11 would be the hardest. At the finish, his team's position on GC was improved but he acknowledged that it indeed lived up to his expectations.

“At the moment when Froome went ahead, I was just concentrating on my effort and keeping it constant because I'd been riding hard for a kilometre and a half, or two kilometres before that. We came down off a dip and up a climb and I wanted to just clear the lactate more than anything. I didn't want to make any more of an acceleration but there was a lot of noise and a lot of things going on over the radio and there was a bit of confusion at that point as to what we were doing. But [Chris] showed today that he had good legs. And it was another great day for the team, it really was.
“I didn't have a radio at that point as my earpiece had fallen out. But this morning we certainly spoke about Chris maybe attacking in the final and we had already gotten rid of Cadel... but this morning we were planning on him still being there and Chris maybe making up those 20-odd seconds to move into second on GC because he wasn't 100 per cent confident that he'll have the better of Cadel in the last time trial. We wanted to try and get a bit of time today... it was the plan this morning as long as I stayed with Vincenzo and those guys. And Chris didn't drag them away.
“I think that race certainly lived up to the expectation of it being the hardest stage. Even when we got to the last climb and were past seven kilometres to go, the relief started to come because I knew the last three ‘k' of this climb – from the Dauphiné last year – was pretty much rolling flat. Once Cadel got dropped and we were in that little group the sense of relief was slightly overwhelming really. ‘God, we've actually made it – we've got through this stage... and we can tick that one off'. In fact, we've taken more time on Cadel which I don't think we ever expected this morning.
“I was surprised that Cadel attacked on the [Croix de Fer] really because there was a hell of a long way to go from there. We were already riding a pretty strong tempo with still a fair few riders – Richie [Porte] and Mick [Rogers] – and I thought to attack and sustain a high enough tempo to stay away with two climbs still to go... I was surprised. It's not something I would have had the balls to do.
“I think Vincenzo [Nibali] showed today that he has been getting stronger the whole race. His attacks at the end were pretty severe.”

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