“The fearless dominance of Team Sky, the cycling dehumanized.” That told Bradley Wiggins, however, ever Tour winner in service with the British cycling team, in his podcast on Eurosport. “It is also for this reason that I so enjoy of this Giro, that’s so much more emotions that brings.”
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Bradley Wiggins rode from 2010 to 2015 for Team Sky and achieved in the black-and-white outfit the British team its greatest successes: victories in the Tour de France (2012), the Dauphine (2011 and 2012), Paris-Nice (2012). “But Sky dehumanized the cycling and takes the emotion out of the course,” says Wiggins now. “No, I’m not a hypocrite. Of course I also have incredibly benefited from the process of Team Sky. But you notice it only when you get out of that bubble of the team are on board.”
Wiggins makes his statements as a result of the attractive Tour of Italy, a great race that once is not dominated by Team INEOS (or its predecessor Team Sky) because the British formation had to deal with bad luck. “I have so enjoyed the stage Sunday in the Giro with the victory of Cataldo and the attack of Nibali. A sample of the passionate quotes. Passion that the sport of cycling in the grand tours, so lacked. Look at the heroic comeback of Chris Froome last year in the Giro that lukewarm applause was received. The first that you heard was team boss Dave Brailsford that the victory attributed to his bevoorradingsstrategie. But as a fan of cycling himself if you want to Froome himself to hear? You saw him about to cross the finish line and you wanted to know what that meant to him. There shoot Brailsford and Team INEOS still too short. It is refreshing to have a great round that is not by them is dominated. You live with the emotions of a Nibali. To such things runs the Giro.”
Wiggins stresses that his former team does not want to attack, but admitted that there are disadvantages were related to the winning streak of Team Sky. “As I look back, I realize that we never have celebrated with Team Sky. And that is unfortunate. We have never enjoyed the big moments. But that was also the reason why we one after the other race could win. It went like this: ‘Great, we won. Great. Tomorrow is a new day.”
“It was a mentality that we had picked up in the British team at the Olympic Games. And we used to Team Sky: ‘Why should we only peaks during the Tour de France? No, we win the first Paris-Nice and take it from there.’ So we celebrated, never a victory, never went off after a victory. We watched it day by day, and vinkten us zegelijstje. To I the olympic time trial won, looked back and realized, ” I have this year, all won.’ And then I went three months of partying.”
“And that mentality is now also in Team INEOS. That is hard and it takes the romantic side of cycling road. But I would never all the races have won as I will not in each other had been sitting. Thanks to this system I won the Tour, and that also goes for Geraint Thomas.”