Giro d'Italia: Bradley Wiggins could pull out of race
Thursday 16 May 2013
Team Sky director Sir Dave Brailsford says the condition of Bradley Wiggins will be assessed overnight after the ailing Briton lost further ground on Vincenzo Nibali in the race for the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia.
Wiggins, who has been suffering from a cold and chest infection, was visibly below-par in today's rain-hit 12th stage from Longarone to Treviso, which was won by his compatriot Mark Cavendish.
Wiggins finished more than three minutes behind Cavendish and the rest of the leading group, which included pink jersey holder Nibali. After his miserable afternoon, Wiggins plummeted to 13th place in the overall standings and is now five minutes and 22 seconds off the lead.
The 33-year-old's hopes of adding the Giro to his Tour de France win of last year now appear remote at best, and his team will not shy away from withdrawing him from the action if they deem that to be the best course of action.
“Brad developed a head cold and a chest infection and has been on antibiotics,” Brailsford said on the Team Sky website. “His illness has got progressively worse and we knew ahead of the race this morning it was going to be tough for him to get through the stage.
”When you see a rider of Bradley Wiggins' calibre struggling to hold the wheel in front of him on the flat you know that he's ill. When you're ill you're ill and all you can do is your best to try and manage that illness. I think he showed great courage to battle through the stage to the finish.
“Now we'll get back to the hotel and the team doctor will assess him overnight and then we'll take a decision about whether Brad continues, health-permitting, in the morning. It's a testament to Brad that he has said he wants to continue in the race and carry on to Brescia with the team.”
With all the leading riders bar Wiggins in the chasing group at the end of today's stage, Nibali maintained his 41-second overall advantage over Australian Cadel Evans, with Team Sky's Colombian Rigoberto Uran still third, two minutes and four seconds off the pace.
The race continues on Friday with its longest stage, a 254km trek from Busseto to Cherasco.
Latest in Sport
Brendan Rodgers says Manchester City's slip is timely warning for Liverpool title hopes
30 players who could be set for a big-money transfer this summer
Manchester United transfer news: David Moyes watches Porto stars Eliaquim Mangala and Jackson Martinez as recruitment drive steps up a gear
Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 2 match report: Gareth Bale scores wonder goal to claim Copa del Rey for Real
Luis Suarez: Could Liverpool cash in on their star striker if they won the Premier League this season?
- 1 Poveglia: 'World's most haunted island' up for sale...is anyone brave enough to buy it?
- 2 The Hobbit: There and Back Again set for possible title change
- 3 Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'
- 4 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 5 Andre Johnson: Wu-Tang Clan-discovered rapper severed his penis and jumped from LA building
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a company that specializ...
£153.75 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is an innovative outsourcin...
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: We've been supplying best of breed peopl...