Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins admits he's been struggling at Giro with chest infection

Tour de France champion admission follows weekend rumours of illness

by Simon_MacMichael   May 15, 2013  

Bradley Wiggins waiting for the ferry, Giro 2013 (pic Daniele Bottallo, LaPresse, RCS Sport)

Team Sky’s Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that he has been suffering from a chest infection and head cold during the Giro d’Italia. Although it's not known when he contracted the condition, there were rumours over the weekend that he along with other members of the team had been struggling with illness.

Quoted on BBC Sport, Wiggins, who currently lies fourth on GC, 2 minutes 5 seconds down on race leader Vincenzo Nibali of Astana, said: "I'm not feeling very good at the moment, I've had a pretty rough 24 hours.

"I've got a chest infection and a bog-standard head cold," explained the Tour de France champion.

The 33-year-old lost nearly a minute and a half to his rivals after crashing towards the end of Friday’s Stage 7, taking things very easy on a subsequent descent to the finish.

On Saturday, a puncture contributed towards his expected dominance in the time trial failing to materialise, with the stage won by Movistar’s Alex Dowsett.

On Sunday’s Stage 9 to Florence, Wiggins had to fight hard to rejoin the GC group after being distanced on a descent, and yesterday he lost a further 49 seconds to Nibali.

Today’s Stage 11 saw the GC group sit back and eventually let a break go away, which produced the day’s winner, Garmin-Sharp’s Ramunas Navardauskas.

Tomorrow the overall contenders will also keep a low profile with the day expected to end in a bunch sprint, while Friday’s stage is a transitional one, which gives Wiggins further time to recover ahead of the next big GC stage on Saturday.

"Fortunately in these days, these kinds of stages, there's just a bit of fighting and you can get through them and hide a little bit," Wiggins acknowledged.

"But I just want to try and fight through it and hope that a few days' time I'll be all right.

"Most of the team have been sick. It seems to last for three or four days and then you get better."

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I reckon he'll be caning the Lemsips and next week, when he is feeling better, will come out and smash it!
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posted by Some Fella [526 posts]
15th May 2013 - 23:26

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Cataldo had the same thing, a couple of days of taking it a little easier and he's back up the front helping Wiggo.

Brad doesn't have that luxury unless he wants to DS for Uran and give up the fight.

I really hope he gives it 110% or give Uran a shot, because I don't want to see Uran lose out because of Wiggo, if he's not fit to fight for the Pink, be the bigger man, say so and let Uran have a chance Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [7539 posts]
16th May 2013 - 0:24

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Very interesting to see where Sky go with this.

posted by Super Domestique [1423 posts]
16th May 2013 - 7:04

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Anyone else wish they could ride that well with a chest infection? last time I had one walking up stairs was hard enough. Hell, standing up left me gasping and needing a sit down.

posted by Al__S [326 posts]
16th May 2013 - 7:38

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Its all in the plan, If they had of announced this 2 days ago he would have lost more than 49secs on that climb cause Nibili would have planned to bury him. Basically Uran was distraction and a chance to claw back time for him while Wiggo does the best he can. Then announce the illness just before a sprinters stage. Wiggo will be on the mend tomorrow and the GC contenders will be frustrated they missed the opportunity to distance themselves. This is going to go to the wire boys and girls...

posted by Nzlucas [63 posts]
16th May 2013 - 7:45

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Some Fella wrote:
I reckon he'll be caning the Lemsips and next week, when he is feeling better, will come out and smash it!
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I'm sure lemsips are off the menu, isn't there a banned substance in them? For some reason I'm leaning towards the decongestant in them.

posted by farrell [767 posts]
16th May 2013 - 8:25

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I'm sure there is a Therapeutic Use Exemption, although what is therapeutic about Lemsip I have not idea.

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posted by Tovarishch [25 posts]
16th May 2013 - 8:41

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I think there is an amphetamine in Lemsip which makes you feel better emphanephadrine (or something). However, a little known fact is that caffeine is the most performance enhancing Amphetamine, but is not actually banned (due to its easy availability and limited unhealthy side effects).

posted by Colin Peyresourde [859 posts]
16th May 2013 - 9:20

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To me it's seemed fairly obvious that something was wrong and I suspected illness, since the TTT. Sorry to say that unless Nibbles has a bad day or two Brad is very unlikely to win. Even then Evans is 90ish seconds ahead and he too seems in top form. Only chance I can see is Uran and Wiggo do the old "one two" and see which one comes out on top a La Sastre's tour win. He won cos the opposition were too busy marking Frank S in yellow.

Even so both Sky riders have got to reduce the deficit significantly for the leaders to really worry for that tactic to work.

IMHO of course.

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posted by bikeandy61 [349 posts]
16th May 2013 - 9:51

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Agree with Lucas, they would have been under siege if word had gotten out on the climbs.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2331 posts]
16th May 2013 - 9:54

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If I were SKY, I would let Uran take this one Confused

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posted by blago [4 posts]
16th May 2013 - 10:01

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Head cold my a***. It's the Giro. They've been nobbled.

Nibali's had Terry Thomas and Eric Sykes sneaking into Team Sky's rooms in the middle of the night to crank open the windows and waiters sneezing over their porridge.

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Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [873 posts]
16th May 2013 - 10:06

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I mentioned this a couple of days ago on another article. I personally believe that when the team are fully fit they will tank it up the hills and Astana will go pop massively.

With Henao just that little bit off the lead he will go first, followed by Uran and if fit enough Wiggins will go. Nibali will have to chase down all 3, not mentioning the other GC boys who will no doubt want to have a go as well.

I like Nibali as a rider but even if he is in the best form he cant live with constantly going after gc boys.

As for Evans, i think he will drop like a stone when the fun starts.

Stumpy

posted by stumps [2086 posts]
16th May 2013 - 10:20

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Lemsip Cold and Flu Capsules bought in the UK contain Caffeine, Paracetamol and Phenylephrine. Not prohibited on the Global DRO website.

http://www.globaldro.com/uk-en/search/default.aspx

posted by geordaa [4 posts]
16th May 2013 - 10:36

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geordaa wrote:
Lemsip Cold and Flu Capsules bought in the UK contain Caffeine, Paracetamol and Phenylephrine. Not prohibited on the Global DRO website.

http://www.globaldro.com/uk-en/search/default.aspx

Cheers for that, I hoped someone would correct me if I was wrong.

posted by farrell [767 posts]
16th May 2013 - 11:11

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Strange that everyone is just taking his word for it that he's ill. This is hardly a team adverse to mind games Thinking

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posted by TheHatter [805 posts]
16th May 2013 - 12:00

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Good point. Most clubs are packed with couldawouldashouldas if only the: knee, back, shoulder, chest infection, ill fitted bottom bracket had allowed them to spring forward and claim the victory so rightfully theirs... You get their excuses all the way home sometimes.

I do hope it's genuine and Sky suddenly leap back into action as Stumpy suggests. It's already a cracking Giro.

MercuryOne

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [873 posts]
16th May 2013 - 12:15

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Todays weather won't help.

posted by Super Domestique [1423 posts]
16th May 2013 - 12:52

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Im not a doctor but.......

you can see it on Wiggins face when he is climbing. His mouth is open and he is breathing through his mouth. Just like you do when you have got a cold.
As another correspondent said - when ever i have a cold it takes me about a week to recover on the bike never mind ride whilst ive got one.

posted by Some Fella [526 posts]
16th May 2013 - 14:25

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Maybe it's not a head cold but a cold head, due to lack of hair and sideburns Wink

posted by Super Domestique [1423 posts]
16th May 2013 - 14:58

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Colin Peyresourde wrote:
I think there is an amphetamine in Lemsip which makes you feel better emphanephadrine (or something). However, a little known fact is that caffeine is the most performance enhancing Amphetamine, but is not actually banned (due to its easy availability and limited unhealthy side effects).

Although banned by WADA until 20004, Caffeine is not an Amphetamine. (That's why you have to put both into Pot Belge).

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
16th May 2013 - 15:32

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Should have tried Lemsip Max Strength today! Worried

posted by Some Fella [526 posts]
16th May 2013 - 15:39

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Some Fella wrote:
Im not a doctor but.......

you can see it on Wiggins face when he is climbing. His mouth is open and he is breathing through his mouth. Just like you do when you have got a cold.


that's also pretty similar to when you're just shot, after all a head cold doesn't make you descend 'like a girl'.
I know he's just completely blown today and I've no idea if he's ill but just pointing out how convenient it is.

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posted by TheHatter [805 posts]
16th May 2013 - 16:06

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