Have a look at the overall stage progress of Wiggins throughout the Dauphiné. I’m adding some more features into this to display it better, but Wiggins the overall GC was set in stone after the Stage 2 ITT when Wiggins won 34 seconds ahead of Tony Martin and 1:43 over Cadel Evans. In the end it was more than 1:16 more than Wiggins needed…
So my question after the Dauphiné is: Who else besides Wiggins and Cadel are we going to watch duke it out during the TdF? Nibali – consistant, but not looking so good. Menchov – his day is done. Jurgen Van Den Broeck – he quietly moved his way up the GC and finished a strong 5th. Andy Schleck – not this year. Frank Schleck – he’s looking pretty good in the Tour de Suisse so far. Thomas Voeckler – he abandoned on the final day with with knee problems, but he’s usually entertaining to watch no matter what.
On the question of whether Team SKY will be able to support both Wiggins and Cavenish with conflicting goals, I doubt Cav will even get past the first ten days of the Tour. I’d speculate that he’ll start the Tour, win a few stages, and pull out after stage 9 in order to rest and prepare for the Olympics. There’s lots more green jerseys in his career, but not another hometown Olympic Games.
Only 3 weeks to go!
Photography: Cor Vos