Saturday July 7th, 2012

Stage 7Tomblaine / La Planche des Belles Filles

Start 12h15 GMT 2+

Wiggins: I'm pleased we're in yellow

interview07.07.2012Stage 7- Tomblaine / La Planche des Belles Filles

At the end of an impressive display of teamwork, one Sky rider won the stage and the leader took the yellow jersey. Bradley Wiggins explains how this is a day that he's been thinking of for quite some time.

“I've dreamt about this all year really but until you through the process and put it into action and do day like we did today… it's an incredible feeling really. It hasn't really sunk in yet. It sounds corny but it's something I've dreamt of since I was a child, really. I'd sit on the home trainer watching my hero – my Tour de France hero – Miguel Indurain... but to be here, on the top of a mountain in the yellow jersey is phenomenal. This was the plan; it's what we've trained for all year.
“I was shouting at ‘Froomey' with a kilometer-and-a-half to go to just save a little; that we didn't need to go any harder. I knew he could win the stage if he just kept a little bit back. It was a great finish for him. My priority was just to watch Cadel. I knew I was going to take yellow so it's just fantastic to do so on the day that Froome takes the king of the mountains. It's an incredible day.
“I was always expecting Cadel to make a move but that kind of climb is very abnormal in the Tour de France – a 20 per cent finish like that – it was just a case of just holding back to ensure that I was able to stay with Cadel and took the jersey, that was the priority of the day.
“[When Cadel went] I just stayed in the saddle because I didn't want to upset my rhythm and I gauged my effort to the line, really. As I say the priority was not to lose time to Cadel but I'm chuffed for Froomey because he had some misfortune last week but now he's got his stage win and he's going to be an integral part to me winning this race. It's nice when you see the guys who have put it on the line for you all year get their rewards.
“We survived a very, very manic first week and here we are. I'm pleased that we're in yellow.
“We'll take it day by day now but, as I've said before in a few interviews, you can't chose when you take the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. We've got it now and there's another tough day tomorrow but there shouldn't be too many problems. Then we've got the time trial and we'll try and consolidate in that. Then it's a rest day and we're halfway through the Tour... and we'll defend it every day now. Cadel is hot on our heels so it's not something we're going to accidently try and lose to him.”

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