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Wiggins Reigns at Romandie

Despite mech issues that saw him briefly dropping his chain at the beginning of the climb at Crans-Montana on the final leg of the Tour de Romandie, Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins unleashed a spectacular ride to win not just the stage but to claim overall victory. Wiggins, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Saturday, admitted that a new maturity was probably in play when he was briefly forced to dismount and re-chain, saying: ‘Iím pleased with the way I handled that moment because a few years ago I might have thrown my toys out of the pram and chucked my bike down the ravine!’ Final overall standings saw Wiggins on 18:05.40 with Team Garmin’s Andrew Talansky second on the podium with 18:05.52 and Movistar’s Rui Costa with 18:06.16.

 

Naturally the overall victory was part of the team play, something that Wiggins was quick to acknowledge after a gruelling few days that had seen strong support from the start: ‘Itís really nice to finish it off in a time trial on the last day for the boys. All week theyíve been incredible Ė it doesnít matter how strong you are as an individual, without those team-mates this week I wouldnít be in this position… What a team weíve had here this week; you know youíre in a great team when youíve got the world champion riding for you on the front.’

 

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Thomas Takes Prologue

A first/third finish for Team Sky at yesterday’s 3.34km Prologue in the Tour de Romandie, with Geraint Thomas finishing in 3:29, Mark Cavendish with +6 and RadioShack Nissan’s† Giacomo Nizzolo filling in the second place gap on +4.† Bradley Wiggins, competing for the first time with Cavendish in the same team and going out in later, wetter, conditions, finished a respectable 9 seconds off that of Thomas.


Speaking at the end of Day 1, Thomas said: ‘I always knew that I had a good chance. But itís one thing knowing that you have a good chance and another thing winning… Obviously the weather played a big part in that but there was only really one corner and you can only lose so much time. But itís great to win and at a lovely race as well… Today was an objective as itís similar to the track but for the rest of the race Iíll help Cav in the sprints on which ever stages come down to that and then look after Bradley. Heís here to do a good ride on the GC.’

 

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Under the Same Sky

Today, Tuesday April 24, sees the start in Lausanne of the 431-mile Tour de Romandie. This, the 66th edition of the Swiss six-stager, will be of particular interest to GB and Team Sky fans as the event sees the first time that Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have competed together in the same colours; Brits Geraint Thomas and† Chris Froome also add to the weight of the eight-man squad. TdF winner, Cadel Evans, will be hoping to defend his 2011 Tour de Romandie title against strong competition, which draws to a close with a 16.5km Time Trial in the ski resort of† Crans-Montana on Sunday, April 29.