PAU, France, July 21, 2012 – Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins
has pledged to help Sky teammate Chris Froome win the yellow jersey in the
future — if they remain in the same team together.
A British one-two in the overall standings now looks a strong possibility
ahead of the race finish next Sunday in Paris.
But while Sky would welcome the scenario, many people believe Froome to be
fully deserving of winning the race himself.
In an interview earlier this week Froome said he felt he was making a “big
sacrifice” for Wiggins.
Ahead of two crucial stages in the mountains which could decide whether
Wiggins succeeds Australia’s Cadel Evans, fourth at 3:19, to make history for
Briton the Londoner has attempted to defuse any ill feeling.
Asked if there was any tension between himself and Froome, Wiggins replied:
“Not at all. What we do well is we race as a team, and that’s why we’re in
this position now,” said Wiggins.
“I’m surrounded by incredibly talented bike riders, including Chris Froome.
The guy is capable of winning the Tour, for sure, otherwise he wouldn’t be
second overall in the Tour de France.
“And will win this race one day. And I will be there to help him do that.”
With two long time trials and few big mountain climbs, the route for the
99th edition is almost tailor-made for Wiggins, a three-time Olympic track
champion who excels in the race against the clock.
Next year’s route, which will be unveiled in October, could well suit
Froome better. But Wiggins says it is far too soon to be looking that far
“It’s difficult to say. We’ll finish this Tour first. Where do I go after
this season if I run out winner of the Tour on Sunday?” added Wiggins, who
will dispute the Olympic time trial and the road race alongside Froome in
He added: “Until all that’s done, until I get home and get back to reality
and start going up the shop again to get a loaf of bread and a pint of milk,
let the dust settle, start thinking about your goals and what’s going to drive
you through the winter…
“Whatever happens, I’m part of this team and I always want to be part of
this team until the end of my career. It is about the team being successful.
“Whatever the line-up is next year and whoever the leader of that line-up
will be… I’ve lived up to the expectation so far, but that could change, who
“What’s important is that the team succeeds. Otherwise, there’s no point in
me being in this team, if it’s just about me. It’s never just been about me.”