Chilled Wiggins Fired Up for 2010 Tour de France

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01/7/2010| 0 comments
by Reuters

Chilled Wiggins Fired Up for 2010 Tour de France

After his surprise fourth-place finish last year, Britain's Bradley Wiggins heads into this year's Tour de France as one of the favorites for the overall.

Garmin in a protracted "transfer" last month and said there is already a settled feel about the new set-up.

"It's a British team and Brad was an obvious leader but team spirit and the ability to bond is critical to us," Brailsford said.

"He said he feels he belongs here and we feel this is where he belongs too."

Brailsford was reluctant to predict instant Tour success, preferring to concentrate on achieving set targets that might or might not achieve the "ultimate dream."

However, one of his four directeur sportifs, the vastly experienced Sean Yates, was more bullish.

Yates, a Tour regular and stage winner in the 1980s, was alongside Lance Armstrong during his dominance and though he feels Alberto Contador is still ahead of the pack, he said much can change in a short time.

"Brad can do better than last year," he said. "He can deal with the pressure and the others are concerned about him. It's all up for grabs."

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