Jake’s Journal du jour: Wiggo claws way up Ventoux, secures fourth overall


09TourdeFrance 150 Bradley Wiggins has been called many things this month. Wiggo. Twiggo. A surprise. A comic. A fluke. (Though that last one didn't last beyond the first week.) But the unexpected leader of Garmin-Slipstream's efforts in France secured a legacy on the way up Ventoux: As an inspirational model of resilience.

From the prologue in Monaco – where Wiggins thrilled the crowd and surprised the experts by grabbing a spot on the podium – to today's epic climb, Wiggins has shown he can shine in the spotlight and live up to the pressure. No stranger to success on the track (with multiple medals to show for it), Wiggo was just recently making a name for himself in mountainous stage races. And now he's given us reason to celebrate tomorrow in Paris.

In Thursday's pivotal time trial, Wiggins flew through the checkpoints, setting new times to beat along the way until merciless cramps marred the final 5K. Wiggo, who has turned heads throughout July, fought to the finish and placed sixth on the day – one spot behind teammate David Millar. With the gutsy effort, Wiggins was able to gain time on key rivals in the overall standings to go into the penultimate stage just seconds off the podium. Then today on Ventoux, a legendary mountain that makes champions and breaks contenders, Wiggins was in the right place at the right time. Helped to the front by his Garmin teammates and protected by Millar and Christian Vande Velde until the closing meters, Wiggo stayed strong every time a pundit claimed he had been dropped. And even when the leaders managed to pull away at the top, Bradley used every ounce of energy to keep his grip on fourth place overall by 3 seconds. For a man said to be still learning the nuances of road racing, Bradley Wiggins has proven emphatically that he's on the right track.

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