Topics:  bradley wiggins, cadel evans, tour de france

Wiggins up for Tour challenge

Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins Bryn Lennon - Getty Images

TOUR de France leader Bradley Wiggins knows he will be attacked on all fronts all the way to Paris - and not just on his bike.

But if his performance on stage 10 on Wednesday was any guide, he is up for the challenge.

Resuming after a rest day, the yellow jersey holder was attacked by defending champion Cadel Evans, by 2010 Tour of Spain winner Vincenzo Nibali, by Belgian star Jurgen van den Broeck and by Evans again near the finish of the stage.

But with great support from his team, the Brit was able to repel all efforts to find a chink in his armour and maintain his almost two minute lead over Evans.

"It went to script. I wasn't too worried," Wiggins said.

And after answering all the questions on the course, he was again grilled about the ever-present spectre of drugs at the leaders' press conference, reacting angrily when asked about his "sudden" improvement.

"I'm not some **** rider who's come from nowhere. I've been six times world champion, triple Olympic champion, fourth in the Tour de France, third in the Vuelta (Tour of Spain)," he said.

Wiggins had already claimed one title ahead of stage 11 overnight, his fourth day with the yellow jersey being the longest period a Brit had enjoyed that honour.



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