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Wiggins can inspire a generation...

The irony hasn’t been lost on me. I spent time the first week of my trip reading the Robert Millar biography thinking back to when we had a Brit who could excel in the Tour mountains.

The following week I was on the roadside watching the Tour unfold and yelling in Mark Cavendish’s ear as he went past. Despite having his critics I have used this blog to defend Mark to the hilt, the last two weeks have left me unsure of him and it would appear that in the form of Bradley Wiggins I might have been backing the wrong horse.

Like many I have been flicking between the Eurosport and ITV coverage of the Tour and the moment of the race so far has to be David Harmon (the best cycling commentator bar none) screaming “Come on Bradley” as the peloton splintered at the bottom of Verbier. He said what I am sure every Brit watching was thinking.

Unbiased commentary? We don’t need that! We love a bit of flagrant patriotism when one of our riders is at the head of the race.

Bradley Wiggins has ridden the perfect race so far. It is going to be a tough final week in the mountains but whatever happens now he has shown the way for British riders to be more than the perception of “good track riders and time triallists, but cant climb”, which seems to prevail in the mainland of Europe.

Can he win the Tour? Cadel Evans has told the BBC website he thinks he can, but I am staying calm and if Wiggins himself is saying he is taking it “day by day” then the excited British cycling public will have to do the same.


James has been blogging for for 5 years and racing bicycles (averagely) for 20 years. 

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