Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 127

Le Gentleman Wiggins A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 2012 2012 Bradley Wiggins entered the Tour as favourite to be Britain’s first-ever winner, but the dominance and controlling racing style of his Sky team raised suspicions in the minds of journalists burnt by the revelations of the EPO era. Stage 14 in the Pyrénées saw a thawing in his relationship with the press. Saboteurs scattered tacks across the top of the Mur de Péguère, causing a number of punctures including the 2011 champion, Cadel Evans. Wiggins slowed the peloton while the affected riders recovered, and the admiring French press christened him ‘Le Gentleman Wiggins’ as he held the maillot jaune all the way to Paris. The Unsung Heroes A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 2013 2013 The Tour is a race for individuals, won by teams. Time and again the 2013 winner, Chris Froome, was paced in the mountains by his loyal domestique, Richie Porte. The domestique’s life is tough. They shelter the leader, carry bottles, even give up their bike for them. They are workers who sacrifice themselves for the overall goal. 6 6 The victor gets fame, glory and the financial rewards that follow. But traditionally he gives his prize money to be shared by all the team, the riders, mechanics, soigneurs, chefs, without whom victory is impossible. 127