Wiggins to aim for Tour de France stage?
Bradley Wiggins, Tour de France stage 9
Bradley Wiggins has arrived at a crossroads following today's Tour de France stage to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Following his losses in the last two Alpine stages, he must now reassess his goals, according to Sky Sports Director Sean Yates.
"We should put more emphasis on trying to pick up a stage win," said Yates, "I don't think we are in a position at this point where he should put all his eggs in one basket."
Wiggins sits 16th overall at 7'18" following today's time loss of nearly five minutes. Besides a stage, Yates believe Wiggins still has a chance at a top 10 or top five result by the finish in Paris.
Astana drove the group today on the Madeleine climb for captain Alberto Contador and dropped overall leader Cadel Evans (BMC Racing). Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) responded with attacks of his own and then rode clear with Contador to gain time.
Luxembourg's Schleck now leads by 41 seconds on Contador.
"It is definitive, there are now two guys better than the rest," said Sky's team manager, David Brailsford. "The race will be fought out between them."
Since Wiggins' chance of winning the overall is gone, Brailsford said that he was going to sit down this evening and consider other options.
"There is a whole host of options - stage wins, going on the attack - rather than just laying down and accepting our fate."
Wiggins arrived at Sky's bus, cooled down and thought to himself about what was possible. He will speak with Brailsford, Yates and Rod Ellingworth tonight about the two weeks ahead. However, he did say that the classification is his main aim.
"I don't think the GC's finished totally in terms of getting a respectable position and that may be top 10 for me," he explained.
"I don't want to give up, there's been so much support out there on the road it's been fantastic."
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Tour de France 2010: Stage reports
Stage nine: Casar wins stage as Schleck and Contador go head-to-head
Stage seven: Chavanel wins stage and takes overall as Thomas drops out of Tour's white
Stage six: Cavendish makes it two as Tour hots up
Stage five: Cavendish wins his first stage of Tour
Stage four: Petacchi wins into Reims
Stage three: Hushovd takes dramatic win; Thomas second on stage and GC
Stage three live coverage: As it happened
Stage two: Comeback man Chavanel takes victory in Spa
Stage one: Petacchi wins in Brussels as bunch left in tatters
Prologue: Cancellara pips Martin to win
Tour de France 2010: Photos
Stage nine photo gallery
Stage eight photo gallery
Tour 2010 wallpaper
Stage seven photo gallery
Stage six photo gallery
Stage five photo gallery
Stage four photo gallery
Stage three photo gallery
Stage two photo gallery
Stage one gallery
Prologue photo gallery
Tour de France 2010: Videos
Stage eight video highlights
Stage seven video highlights
Stage six video highlights
Stage five video highlights
Stage four video highlights
Stage three video highlights
Stage two video highlights
Stage one video highlights
Prologue video highlights
Tour de France 2010: Race guide
Tour de France 2010: Cycling Weekly's coverage index
Official start list, with race numbers
Brits at the Tour 2010
Tout team guide
Tour jerseys: What they are and what they mean
Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Wiggins