Road to the TDF: Oakley Cyclist Bradley Wiggins Triumphs at Critérium du Dauphiné

Cycling : 63th Criterium du Dauphine / Stage 5

Bradley Wiggins’ track to potential glory at the Tour de France kicked off in…well, France.

Although fellow Oakley Athlete Joaquim Rodriguez claimed the final stage at Critérium du Dauphiné, it was Bradley who would take the overall victory with a one minute and 26 second advantage over yet another fellow O cyclist, Cadel Evans.

The result capped off a phenomenal performance from Bradley’s team and ensured that he’ll be smashing into the Tour de France next month with his confidence sky high.

The final day of action had taken place under clement conditions and Team Sky allowed 11 men to go up the road soon after they had exited Pontcharra.

The group was almost five minutes ahead by the time they hit the Col du Glandon, but splintered quickly on the hors-category climb as Thibaut Pinot raced clear.

Wiggins meanwhile, was sitting pretty in an elite group of around 20 riders, with Rigoberto Urán also there for support. It was from that group that Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) attacked on the coming descent, and the French champion pegged Pinot back with 28km to go.

When Joaquim turned up the heat in the final stages, no one could keep up – and the Spaniard sealed his second stage win with an eight-second margin over Pinot and Gesink.

Wiggins meanwhile was just three seconds further adrift and able to cruise to another memorable performance.

Congratulations to Bradley and Joaquim for a killer performance at Dauphiné!


Andrew De Lara


June 27, 2011

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