British cyclist Bradley Wiggins enjoying Tour de France
Wiggins is having the ride of his life so far in the early stages of the 2011 Tour de France as his Sky Procycling team finished third in the competitive time trial race Sunday. The fourth placer in 2009 Tour de France, Wiggins is pleased with the performance of his team, one of the leading squads in the prestigious cycling event.
AHN Sports Staff
Les Essarts, France
July 3, 2011 08:04 pm EDT
Sports, Cycling, Staging Race
Sky Procycling team’s third place finish in Sunday’s time trial had British rider Bradley Wiggins feeling optimistic about his chances of winning the 2011 Tour de France.
Wiggins is having the ride of his life so far in the early stages of the 2011 Tour de France as his Sky Procycling team finished third in the competitive time trial race Sunday.
The fourth placer in 2009 Tour de France, Wiggins is pleased with the performance of his team, which is one of the leading squads in the prestigious cycling event.
"I'm feeling good at the moment, I have some good sensations," Wiggins told reporters Sunday. "We didn't win the stage, but for the general classification it's great.
Wiggins is four seconds behind overall leader Thor Hushovd, and more importantly, closed the gap behind reigning champ Alberto Contador and contender Samuel Sanchez.
"We took some time off (Alberto) Contador, off Samuel Sanchez, and guys like that," Wiggins told reporters Sunday.
After two days of intense racing, Wiggins is 1 minute, 38 seconds ahead of Contador, seeking his third straight Tour de France title and fourth overall.
The Olympic gold medalist said he’s fitter and better than he was in previous edition, putting his 24th place finish last year in the past.
"I have at least four kilos (kilograms) less than in 2009, I think, and one less than the Dauphine," Wiggins told reporters, according to Time of India Sunday. "Each year it's a little better. I'm at 69 kilos, so I'm exactly 13 kilos less than the (2008) Olympic Games in Beijing."
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