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Bradley Wiggins: I wanted to go out with a bang
Jul 22nd, 12. "To win the final stage of the Tour, the final time trial of the Tour, and to seal the Tour is amazing," said Wiggins.
Team Sky's leader all but confirmed an historic Tour de France victory in the best possible style as he powered to an emphatic win in the penultimate stage time trial today.
“There was a lot of emotion in the last 10km. Everything was going through my mind.
“All the years of getting to this point, my family, disappointments, crashing out the Tour last year, watching Cadel in this very position a year ago in Grenoble. I always imagined what that would feel like and now I know.
“I was thinking about my wife and children, my grandfather, my nan, my mother. That was just spurring me on with every pedal stroke.
“It sounds cheesy but your whole life to get to this point – it’s a defining moment in your life. From the minute I got into cycling as a kid it’s all summed up for today.”
The 32 year old underlined his leadership of the Tour in the 'race of truth' where he had no teammates to help him out. He stopped the clock in 1h04m13s for the 53.5km route from Bonneval to Chartres.
His time was 1m14s fast than the second placed rider - his teammate Chris Froome. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) was 1m50s back in 3rd place.
It means Wiggins goes into tomorrow's largely processional stage into Paris [for the GC riders, not for the sprinters!] with a huge advantage at the top of those standings - 3m21s over Froome and 6m19s over 3rd-placed Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale).
Wiggins now has 24 hours to wait to be crowned the first British winner of the Tour de France while Team Sky's dominance is set to be rewarded with a famous 1-2, with Froome joining Wiggins on the podium.
Wiggins - "It was just incredible"RoadCycling.co.nz was fortunate enough to be in the media scrum to hear what Wiggins said after the finish line today.
"It was just incredible. The noise coming up the finish straight, and the whole way around, the stuff of dreams you know," the Brit said.
"The minute the stage finished yesterday I started thinking about today - it was part of the reason I didn't do the press yesterday - I went and warmed down, and started already thinking about today, and the performance today.
"You know, this is kind of what I do best, and have done since I was 18 being on the track squad - Going through that whole warmup on the turbo, getting in the zone, skin suit up.
"I just wanted to go out there and honour the jersey, honour the race, and go out with a bang.
"I felt great from the first pedal stroke on the turbo, and it was just amazing.
"You know I came and looked at that course in March before Paris Nice, and I envisaged then, and you allow yourself to sort of think of riding here in July in the Tour, and maybe going for the Yellow jersey. I couldn't have planned it better today."
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