Wiggins flying in Paris-Nice. Second in opening tt.

 

 

Wiggins second in Paris-Nice time trial.

 

Bradley Wiggins has become a new person since the end of last season and the beginning of this one: Mr. Consistency. That’s almost a surprise given his pale and skinny and fragile physique.

Last year the big news was his win in the Criterium Du Dauphine, his 3rd overall in Paris-Nice and his breakthrough podium ride in the Vuelta a Espana. Already in 2012 he has a time trial win in the Volta ao Algarve. The man who loves the Jam and Sex Pistols is firing on all cylinders.

Today in the wet and rainy conditions in Paris-Nice, the Race To The Occasional Sun, Wiggins didn’t take risks but still finished one second behind Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling)

He powered over the 9.4km time trial from Dampierre-en-Yvelines to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse with his trademark smooth cadence. “I didn’t take any risks in the corners but I knew in a straight line I was flying,” Wiggins told the BBC.

You could argue that he’s been flying since last year. His confidence seems Sky high and just the thought of those 100 time trial (now 105) kilometers in this year’s Tour de France is extra motivation.

This feels like it could be the year for Wiggins in Le Tour and he’s not taking any insane risks before he gets there.

“I wasn’t willing to find out whether it was slippery so I never really pushed it as hard as I could have done in the corners,” said Wiggins.

That’s right, Wiggo. Don’t push it — you’re Mr. Consistent, not Mr. Crazy.

 

 

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10 Responses to “Wiggins flying in Paris-Nice. Second in opening tt.”

  1. cappuccinoexpress Reply 04. Mar, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    wiggo for the tour!

    love this guy

  2. Sheesh how much could he have won buy had he decided to go on full gas all the way??

  3. The ride of the day was no doubt Wiggins and in the rain. What surprises me is that very little to nothing is being said about Van Gardaren. This guy is force that will surprise for sure. Can't wait to watch him climb with the best. Beware!

  4. He is consistent and impressive, no-one makes fourth in the TDF by sheer luck. However, to me he doesnt look strong enough on real climbs to really go for the yellow, no matter how many TT miles there are. I hope he proves me wrong, but I think he looks like a good runner up more than a winner.

    • I could never see him as a TDF winner, but podium maybe. But you could say that about a dozen guys if they got lucky. However, he does look to be riding with more confidence and overall the Sky team is beginning to look very strong. Matt

  5. I feel bad for Bradley, because I wish nothing but mediocrity for him, and it’s not his fault. F-U, Brailsford. People are still talking about Great Britain from the worlds, and I don’t want to hear you and the rest of england wonk on about numbers and jam for another year should wiggins do well in the tour.

    It almost pains me to say, but he has been convincingly superior so far. Marking all the right people and always being in the right position. Good racing nonetheless.