You never know what’s going to upset people. In last week’s Cycling Weekly magazine editorial I dared to suggest that Bradley Wiggins could finish on the podium, or even win the Tour de France.
Hardly my most controversial words ever – I was merely noting Wiggo’s transformation into a genuine GC contender – but it sure touched a nerve with many readers.
We closed for press on Monday’s rest day, 24 hours after our man had climbed to third overall behind Contador and Armstrong with his epic ride to Verbier, where he held his own against the world’s best. Surely now he has done enough to silence the doubters?
“Before the Tour I said I was in the best physical shape of my life and that I could finish in the top 15, maybe even be top 10,” Wiggins said.
“People laughed – there were all sorts of comments on the internet, but after two weeks I feel good and think I can finish top five.
“I’m not going to stick my neck out and say I can win the Tour in the next four years, but if the bar is set high enough maybe I’ll come close.”
Only in Britain could you be criticised for having ambition instead of celebrated as possibly the greatest British Tour rider of all time.