Team Sky is keeping its faith in Bradley Wiggins with only four more days before Sunday, when the Tour de France finishes in Paris.

“What we said at the start, we are going to go there and make sure he commits 100 percent,” explained team boss, David Brailsford. “If that is good enough for 10th or even 50th – great – because if he can’t do anymore there is not a lot you can do.”

Wiggins was touted as a contender for the Tour de France podium this year. However, he has consistently lost time in mountains: losing six minutes in the Alps and 10 minutes in the first three days of the Pyrenees.

He currently sits 21st overall with the last day in the Pyrenees to race today.

Last year, Wiggins finished fourth overall racing for Jonathan Vaughters team Garmin.

“When you are touted as a potential Tour winner, that just leads to a lot of distraction,” Vaughters said yesterday.

“He can handle athletic pressure, think about the Olympics. You’re sitting there a minute leading up to your start in the Olympic pursuit and the gold medal, there does not exist any more pressure than that in life. That it is a day or two of intense pressure, but this is grinding day after day. I just think that is hard of him.”

Wiggins left Vaughters’ American team at the end of last season to take the unique opportunity of leading a British team at the Tour de France. Sky’s stated goal is to win the Tour de France with a British rider in its first five years and to encourage a million more British people to take to their bikes.

“We have a British team in the Tour; we have some young British riders. Okay, Bradley might not be running fourth, but he is not a million miles away,” Brailsford continued.

“Why did Sky get involved in pro cycling? This idea of getting a million people cycling. Are we inspiring anybody? Are we creating any heroes for the kids on the side of the road?

“The number of British flags and the number of Sky tops – it is phenomenal. I am blown away by that. Certainly, it is working, getting more people involved in cycling.”

Wiggins is encouraged by the support, too, even if he may not show it with his cool exterior. He does crack a smile when he hears the Brits cheering for him every morning at the team bus.

He is encouraged to keep pushing in this Tour de France and for the coming years.

“I’ve just been struggling whenever we get within 4K of the top of these mountains and a lot of that is to do with heat tolerance and altitude,” said Wiggins.

“It’s been the limiting factor and something we can look at next year.”

Tour de France 2010: Latest news



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Tour’s points leader Petacchi investigated for doping



Contador issues video apology to Schleck



Millar searches horizon for Eiffel Tower



Schleck-Contador friendship turns sour after chain problem



Wiggins at 2010 Tour: “I haven’t got it”



Basso wins Tour’s acceptance; podium spot next goal



Contador versus Schleck: A game of seconds



Can Cav win without Renshaw?



Hesjedal pushing his way to the Tour’s top



Renshaw disqualification overshadows Cavendish’s win



Charly Wegelius pulls out of Tour



Did Armstrong own a stake in Tailwind Sports, or not?



Cavendish in a ‘must win’ situation for Tour’s green jersey



Millar rides through pain barrier to make time cut



Roche alongside Tour’s top men ahead of Pyrenees



Wiggins to aim for Tour de France stage win?



Dan Lloyd battles on in Tour despite groin strain

Tour de France 2010: Stage reports



Rest day review (July 21)



Stage 16: Fedrigo takes tough Pyrenean stage



Stage 15: Victorious Voeckler continues fine Franch Tour as Contador takes yellow jersey



Stage 14: Riblon hangs on in Pyrenees to give France fourth stage win



Stage 13: Vino returns to top of Tour after doping ban



Stage 12: Rodriguez wins as Contador attacks



Stage 11: Cavendish bags third stage win but lead out man kicked out of Tour



Stage 10: Cavendish bags third stage win but his lead-out man is kicked out of race



Stage 10: Paulinho claims narrow stage victory on Bastille day



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 15 photo gallery



Stage 14 photo gallery



Stage 13 photo gallery



Stage 12 photo gallery



Stage 11 photo gallery



Stage 10 photo gallery



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 16 video highlights



Stage 15 video highlights



Stage 14 video highlights



Stage 13 video highlights



Stage 12 video highlights



Stage 11 video highlights



Stage 10 video highlights



Stage nine video highlights



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

Tour de France 2010: Pictures



Tour team presentation, Rotterdam



Tour teams take to the cobbles: Photo special

 

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  • arronski

    Hope Wiggo gives it big licks in the TT and go’s out with a bang instead off a fizzel!