Wiggins is a shrewd Tour operator
PUBLISHED: 14:40 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010
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By Ziad Chaudry DELIGHTED Bradley Wiggins has hailed his fourth place finish in the Tour de France as an unbelievable achievement. The triple Olympic gold medallist from Maida Vale completed his third Tour by equalling Robert Millar s 1984 success as th
By Ziad Chaudry
DELIGHTED Bradley Wiggins has hailed his fourth place finish in the Tour de France as an 'unbelievable' achievement.
The triple Olympic gold medallist from Maida Vale completed his third Tour by equalling Robert Millar's 1984 success as the highest-placed British finisher in the annual three-week trek around France.
"I thought I could get in the top 20, but to finish fourth changes everything for the future now, whether I even go back to the track," Wiggins reflected.
"Fourth place, equalling the great Robert Millar and surpassing the even greater Tom Simpson - it's unbelievable. I have a great amount of respect for the sport."
As the Tour progressed, the 29-year-old successfully made the transition from being an outstanding track pursuit specialist to a complete world-class road rider.
Going into the last week, Wiggins - riding for the Garmin-Slipstream team - was less than two minutes behind eventual race winner, Spain's Alberto Contador.
He also had Luxembourg's Andy Schleck and legendary seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong, who finished second and third respectively, in his sights, proving his ability to mingle with the very best in the world.
"I was here three years ago, talking after struggling through the whole Tour," added Wiggins. "It's no mean feat finishing behind the three guys on that podium."
Overall, it was a great Tour for the Brits as Wiggins' Olympic team-mate Mark Cavendish finished with a flourish by posting a record sixth stage win on the final day at the famous Champs-:lysées in Paris.
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