Sunday July 8th, 2012

Stage 8Belfort / Porrentruy

Start 13h15 GMT 2+

Wiggins: It's going to be a tough one tomorrow

interview08.07.2012Stage 8- Belfort / Porrentruy

On his first day wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins was subjected to some taunting attacks by the likes of Jurgen van den Broeck and Cadel Evans on the final descent but he reached the finish in the same group as the rider in second overall and will start the time trial of stage nine as the leader of the general classification.

“The plan was to try and let the right breakaway go and keep this jersey but it was a tough day and the team was fantastic. It's always the same situation on a descent like that, Vincenzo [Nibali] is a fantastic descender and we knew he'd put us under pressure going into the finish but we were just trying to keep cool in those mountains.
“It's another day of the Tour ticked off and I'm really happy. The team was fantastic in the way that they were marshalling the race but it was a tough test. We saw on the last climb that there weren't many guys - like yesterday - but now we can look forward to the time trial tomorrow.
“I don't know if [today's chase of Evans in the finale] acts as a preview to what we can expect tomorrow; but it's not a straight forward time trial – it's quite technical in places and it's going to be a good race.
“I wasn't trying to maintain as calm an approach as possible on the final climb. It was tough up there but it was like that for everyone. I was a bit surprised by the size of the group today at the top of the climb, I didn't expect us to go as hard as we did but we were ready for it and it was good to be there with those guys at the end.
“We'll wait and see if I do gain ground on my competitors in the time trial; it'll be a case of going out there and doing what we always do and stick to my race and stay focused on that – if that's good enough, then I'll hopefully take time on those guys then so bit it. But it's a tough one tomorrow and everyone has got to rise to the challenge, that's for sure.”

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