Wednesday July 18th, 2012

Stage 16Pau / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Start 11h20 GMT 2+

Wiggins: We've got a good scenario

interview18.07.2012Stage 16- Pau / Bagnères-de-Luchon

The race leader was put under pressure by Vincenzo Nibali on the final two climbs of the 16th stage but Bradley Wiggins was always able to respond. The Italian didn't gain any time with his attacks, but he didn't lose any either. It's is, however, a different story for the defending champion of the Tour.

“It was hot out there today, probably the hottest we've had on the Tour and the day after the rest day everyone responds differently. As a team I think we passed the test again. The team rode fantastically well again today and we've created the ideal scenario by putting even more time into Cadel Evans and although we weren't able to get rid of Nibali – who is very strong – it was a great day.
“[Nibali] is a class bike rider. The guy has won the Vuelta, he's been on the podium at the Giro... and you can never underestimate him. It's nice to be able to finish with him.
“I don't think that the others have eased up trying to beat me and start thinking of the other places on the podium. Not yet. They gave us a good go over on the climbs today and tomorrow is another day, another challenge. I guess everyone will also start thinking about the time trial and things. That's a mountainous stage in itself. Another day ticked off and tomorrow is a whole other day.
“We've got a good scenario for the final day in the mountains but the process now starts: recovering, eating, drinking lots and getting ready right away... I'll have a warm down and start thinking about tomorrow.”

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