Wiggins Giro (spoiler)
He does seem to be having some bad luck at the Giro, be interesting to see how he does tomorrow in the TT.
Also I’m not watching on TV, just reading some live text feeds, but it sounds like the Giro has been carnage, loads of crashes! (this is also the first road race I’ve really followed so this may be normal?)Posted 4 years agoDenDennisMember
If the giro win does materialise now then I reckon he would deffo be a better bet than Froome-Dog.
He’s had his work cut out anyway without the likes of losing such time as today.
those big steep mountain finishes in the last week, combined with the likes of 20sec time bonuses for stage winners will be against him.
I’ll perhaps be eating my words if he puts 3mins into everyone 2moz but has he injured his elbow too? shame if so.Posted 4 years agomintimperialSubscriber
(this is also the first road race I’ve really followed so this may be normal?)
Nah, not normal, riders all over the road, messy. Even Nibali binned it but he got back up and gave it some to get back on, Wiggins looked like he’d had the stuffing knocked out of him after he went down, hope he’s not injured.
TT tomorrow as you say, we’ll know for sure what his chances really are then. I reckon he’s screwed, oh well.Posted 4 years agomrmoMember
Also I’m not watching on TV, just reading some live text feeds, but it sounds like the Giro has been carnage, loads of crashes! (this is also the first road race I’ve really followed so this may be normal?)
not normal, but seeing how wet the finish was, more a case of what boat for, not what tyre.
And looking at how far riders were sliding have to wonder how much diesel has been dumped on some of those corners!Posted 4 years agojoeydeaconMember
Regardless of the crash Wiggins has already been dropped on several climbs this Giro.. he’s not looking the same rider as he was last year, think he may have attended too many awards ceremonies/parties at the tail end of last year instead of training. He’s not had two decent seasons running on the road yet, even if he pulls back time tomorrow, he needed that time to give him an advantage ahead of the mountains, Nibali and Hesjedal look like they can drop him at will so far.Posted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
Talk of thunderstorms and rain for the TT too.
Looks pretty bendy too.
I’m sure if he’s at his best he can take 1min out of most, but that means he’s got to beat people in the mountains. Can’t see that based on what we’ve seen this last week.
His head hasn’t been in the right place – easily disheartened.Posted 4 years agojoeydeaconMember
think he may have attended too many awards ceremonies/parties at the tail end of last year instead of training
Well there were a lot of story lines like this (excuse the Daily Fail), which seems to be just before Xmas.. haven’t seen any other cyclists doing this (other than Schleck allegedly)
Edit: I’m not blaming him for what it’s worth, I’m just guessing the rest of his competitors weren’t partying, pretty sure he said in one interview he didn’t touch the bike for around 2 months.Posted 4 years agostanfreeMember
Echo whats been said , He needs to take a major chunk out of the time trial and get a decent lead before this time next week and the mountain stages.Posted 4 years ago
It’s hard to say where his head is at to be honest but It looks like he’s been sheltered before the Giro with only two decent events prior to this event. He’s still a magnificent sportsman and here’s hoping he starts to pick up some time in the next week.MSPSubscriber
I think that it was always a big ask for him to win the giro, especially without the teams best climber for support. Last years TdF was always his best shot, with less mountain top finishes and TT’s.
And it has to be said, that despite sky’s dominance, they don’t seem to have the knack of keeping their lead rider at the front and out of trouble.
Part of me hopes Froome doesn’t win the TdF this year, it would some how lessen sir Brad’s achievement if the team pulled it of 2 years running with different riders. And Froome just isn’t as likeable is Wiggins.Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Early days yet but I still reckon he will be in the top 5 by the end.
Early days indeed, the first week of a Grand Tour is always carnage. Although it has to be said, he’s had more than his fair share of bad luck.
Loads more to come though, plenty of days that make today and the previous few look like easy pedals in the park.
I still hope that Ryder Hesjedal wins it again though. 😉Posted 4 years agothecrookofdevonMember
Was it really surprising that he didn’t fancy the roads in the rain? Unless he is injured he will take serious time out of everybody bar Evans in the TT. However still not sure he can hold on to the lead even if he gets it with all the uphill finishes which will suit the pure climbers.Posted 4 years ago
Not convinced his heart is not in it. He looks pretty concentrated and dedicated to me.
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