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Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« on: July 19, 2009, 10:45:30 pm »
About time we had a thread for our top British TDF rider.
Watching today on ITV player, I reckon he could certainly be a contender next year, even if not this year.
He's climbing with the best and has the TT ability. Doesn't seem to be fading either.
I reckon he'll get one over on Lance in a tough mountain stage, unless Lance is playing his tricks which he often does. Even so, Lance would have a hard day trying to lose Wiggo, if he even can.

Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009, 10:50:02 pm »
I don't think he wants it enough, and he'd need a team built completely around his needs, which I'm not sure he currently has.
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009, 10:53:37 pm »
Not if Contador is riding.

Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009, 10:58:54 pm »
Yes, but a TDF victory is quite a prize and if his team and boss reckon he's got it, then I expect they'll be trying to prepare a team to keep him in yellow for next year.
I don't think he entered with the idea of winning, so he hasn't had the mental build up this year. He's just done a lot better than he expected and finding new talents. I think it's more that he doesn't feel that he can do it (yet) and isn't going to blow himself to pieces and lose what he has, than try and take something that is a bit out of his reach.

Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009, 11:14:02 pm »
He was looking very cool until the second half of the last climb.  Very impressive.

Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009, 11:26:13 pm »
TG's right that the boost of finding yourself up with the leaders can transform the way you see yourself. Having the confidence to go for it is more than half the battle. Next year will be interesting for Wiggins watchers.

Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009, 08:32:52 am »
TG's right that the boost of finding yourself up with the leaders can transform the way you see yourself.

That's how I felt when I won my first audax

Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009, 08:36:05 am »
Don;t be daft. The commissars haven't had their say yet. They'll find some way to spoil the party. Wrong colour socks or something, illegal sunglasses.

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Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2009, 09:47:59 am »
Don;t be daft. The commissars haven't had their say yet. They'll find some way to spoil the party. Wrong colour socks or something, illegal sunglasses.

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Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2009, 09:52:30 am »
TG's right that the boost of finding yourself up with the leaders can transform the way you see yourself.

That's how I felt when I won my first audax

I can relate to that. In my first year of being a member of my club I became one of the Champions.

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Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2009, 09:53:52 am »
I don't think he wants it enough, and he'd need a team built completely around his needs, which I'm not sure he currently has.

I'd disagree for a number of reasons.
1) The Giro showed that he could climb with the best for at least a couple of days in a row. This makes the idea of a top 20 GC finish credible.
2) He does want it enough. You cannot climb on the limit like that and suffer in such a way unless you really want it.
3) This year is exploratory. Unless something goes wrong, he will still be 1.46 behind Contador before the TT at Annecy.  Then he can really explore what he is capable of on the climb of Ventoux. He should have enough of a time buffer over Sastre/Armstrong/Schleck.
4) The team is built around Christian Van de Velde but can easily switch to supporting Brad.  This much has been stated, and it seems the team ethos is excellent. Expect to see Millar/VdV riding to support Brad on Ventoux.

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Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2009, 10:32:48 am »
This years Garmin team isn't strong enough to set the pace in the mountains as they might have had to do if they were in yellow.  But it's not really set up to go all out for the GC - they have a sprinter for one.  If Wiggins podiums this year, then I think they would set out at next year's tour to be a more focussed team, with better climbers (and maybe another body for the TTT).

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Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2009, 12:49:20 pm »
This years Garmin team isn't strong enough to set the pace in the mountains as they might have had to do if they were in yellow.  But it's not really set up to go all out for the GC - they have a sprinter for one.  If Wiggins podiums this year, then I think they would set out at next year's tour to be a more focussed team, with better climbers (and maybe another body for the TTT).

I think that Garmin have the most TTers out of any team. It's worth bearing in mind that this year is particularly TT heavy.

Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2009, 01:08:36 pm »
I guess - it's just the way that the TTT ended with their 5 top guys riding for more than half of it with no help.  Columbia and Astana have several top TTers as well...

gonzo

Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2009, 01:11:31 pm »
I guess - it's just the way that the TTT ended with their 5 top guys riding for more than half of it with no help.  Columbia and Astana have several top TTers as well...
I think the problem was that their very good TTers managed to set a pace too high for the other to follow.

Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2009, 01:20:19 pm »
A hot pace which still wasn't good enough to win.  The other riders don't seem to have done much in the mountains either.  So excepting Farrar, who's done OK with no lead out man, you've got 3 guys who haven't done much - replace them with 2 good climbers and another TT guy and you've got a squad that could win and defend a yellow jersey.

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Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2009, 03:10:41 pm »
Don;t be daft. The commissars haven't had their say yet. They'll find some way to spoil the party. Wrong colour socks or something, illegal sunglasses.

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Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2009, 03:11:23 pm »
Not if Contador is riding.
sp/riding/hasn't got caught/

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Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2009, 06:23:57 pm »
"The Garmin team member is lying third in the Tour and has previously vowed to become the first Briton to win it."
BBC SPORT | Other sport... | Cycling | Wiggins may quit track for Tour

Also, this interview is quite amusing with hindsight:
BBC SPORT | Other sport... | Cycling | I'm going to win the Tour - Wiggins

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Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2011, 09:47:58 am »
I like Wiggins, and his refreshing honesty with the media, but I think I've finally lost patience with his Twitter feed. If he's not boring us with this iPod/breakfast choices, he's slagging off people for no good reason:

# Paris CDG=Toilet 7:13 PM Mar 4th via Twitter for BlackBerry®

# Quick the plane has landed turn your phone on and see if anyone has txt you in the last 50min 7:10 PM Mar 4th via Twitter for BlackBerry®

# Busting out my new bad boy Adidas London's Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/h7h6mxhj  - Shared by bradwiggins 3:49 PM Mar 4th via Twitter for BlackBerry®

# Listening to Weller-You do something to me while my little girl is helping me pack my suitcase 3:03 PM Mar 4th via Twitter for BlackBerry®
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Re: Bradley Wiggins 2010 TDF Winner?
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2011, 09:09:38 pm »
Not if Contador is riding.
sp/riding/hasn't got caught/

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