Bradley Wiggins says he feels ‘consistently mediocre’ in this year’s Tour after another disappointing performance in the mountains yesterday.
As the cat and mouse game between Contador and Schleck continued at the top of the leader board, Wiggins slipped to 18th in the general classification after stage 14 – 11 minutes 30 seconds behind Schleck.
According to the Telegraph, after finishing nearly five minutes behind stage winner Christophe Riblon yesterday, Wiggins admitted, “I’ve got nothing. I just haven’t got the form. I’m just trying my hardest, battling on, rather than give up. I just haven’t got it as I did last year. I don’t know why. I just feel consistently mediocre.”
Wiggins has never looked close to repeating his form of last year, when he finished fourth.
He was in trouble from the first big climb, the hors-category Port de Pailhères, an ascent to 2001m that includes 20km of solid uphill drag before the official 15km climb begins.
Tom Lovkvist, his mountain domestique at Sky, has to wait for him on all the big mountain days and finished more than two minutes ahead of Wiggins.
With three demanding mountain days to come, the Telegraph suggests it may be time for Sky to let the Swede off the leash to help him gain the highest GC position possible.