Tour de France : Wiggins reigns supreme through the Pyrenees
After coming through the Pyrenees mountains unscathed, Bradley Wiggins is just 3 stages away from becoming the first British cyclist to ever win the Tour de France. After today’s 17th stage, the dream is now a formality, as his rivals failed to gain any time on Brads lead. Nibali was the only rider expected to make moves in the mountains today, but he failed to pull away from the Wiggins, lengthening his gap from the leader by 17 seconds.
Yet again Wiggins owes thanks to his team sky companion Chris Froome, who carried him through the last 5km of the stage ushering him to keep pace alongside him. Froome has sacrificed a lot of time for Brad and at times he has seemed like the stronger rider, but his role in the team is to support Brads chase for the tour win and he has acted this out impeccably.
Wiggins now just has to maintain his lead through Fridays 18th stage, before the straight forward time trial on Saturday and he will be paraded along the Champs-Elysees as Tour de France champion. For all his 6 Olympic Gold medals, this will rank as the pinnacle of his cycling achievement and something he has dreamed about from childhood.
Having lead for a record 11 stages, Wiggins dared to think the tour was his as he reached the top of the days final climb, the thoughts entered his head and the realisation of his achievement appeared to hit home. This was where Froome came in a dragged him through to the finish line. After remarkable sacrifice and strong performance, Froomes day to win the tour will surely come, but for now a place in history awaits Bradley Wiggins as he prepares to enter the streets of Paris on Sunday as the first British Tour de France champion