Wiggins: Win is beyond me but I'll still keep fighting
Rigoberto Uran took a spectacular solo stage win in the Giro d'Italia and moved on to the provisional podium, but his Team Sky colleague Bradley Wiggins slid to more than two minutes behind the increasingly dominant overall leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy.
The British rider remains in contention and in fourth place overall, having lost 37 seconds to Nibali after struggling on the steepest segment of the final 21km climb to Altopiano del Montasio. He was far from the only favourite to lose time. Finishing 10th on the stage, Wiggins crossed the line ahead of two major contenders, the Netherlands' Robert Gesink and 2011 Giro winner Michele Scarponi.
But Wiggins' time gap to Nibali is close to irreversible. "If the win's perhaps a little bit beyond me now, then I'm still fighting 100pc to finish on the podium," Wiggins said.
"I have a bit of a cold and it's just enough to take the edge off you on a stage like that. You have to be 100pc against Nibali and those guys. All in all, we won the stage and I limited my losses on probably the toughest finish in this year's Giro."
"It depends how it plays out, really," Wiggins said when asked if he would now help Uran, ahead of him on classification by one second, to win outright. "I'll have to speak to Rigoberto tonight. He went all out for the stage, it's just whether he feels now that he can go for GC too. There's a time trial still to come and he's quite inconsistent; he can have a really good day, win a stage like today and then lose a few seconds tomorrow."
How exactly Sky would play a twohanded game with Uran, strongly rumoured to be leaving the team at the end of the year and Wiggins is anyone's guess. "We are both strong, Wiggins is in good shape, but we had various cards to play and that's why we were on the front all day," Uran said.
(© Independent News Service)
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