Bradley Wiggins charges to the front in the closing stages to lead out Edvald Boasson Hagen
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Sky boss praises race leader’s team ethic on stage 13
Sky’s dominance at this year’s Tour de France was in quiet but firm demonstration on stage 14 of the race to Le Cap d’Agde. The stage win may have slipped through their fingers but Bradley Wiggins pulled the strings, first subduing the ambitions of Cadel Evans and Jurgen ven den Broeck on Mont-Saint-Clair and then reminding the field of his pursuit skill as he led out Edvald Boasson Hagen in the sprint.
“We planned this from this morning,” said Sky’s principle Dave Brailsford.
“On that last drag with 2 kilometres to go our guys would try and take it up there and come into the corner. When Bradley found himself on the front with Edvald on his wheel I think he was thinking of a bit of payback and just tried to set him up for the opportunity of the stage win.”
Evans’s acceleration on Mont-Saint-Clair bore similarities to his attack on the stage to La Toussuire. This time he dispatched his team to the front, who split the field on the run-in to the narrow climb. The defending champion moved to the front on the early slopes before making two testing accelerations. Jurgen van den Broeck was the only GC rider willing to match the Australian and for the briefest moment Wiggins was alone, Froome positionally exposed.
“Credit to Evans,” Brailsford said.
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