International Cycling

Wiggins wins in California

2014-05-18 22:03
Bradley Wiggins (AFP)

Los Angeles - Britain's Bradley Wiggins has captured the Tour of California title Sunday and said he looks forward to backing countryman and teammate Chris Froome's bid to repeat as Tour de France champion.

Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, took the overall crown in the eight-stage US event after compatriot Mark Cavendish, who won the opening stage, also took the final stage over rolling hills.

Wiggins (Team Sky) easily held onto the yellow jersey in the closing 76.1-mile (122.4km) stage that began and ended in Thousand Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb.

Moments after Cavendish won the sprint across the finish line to take the stage in 2 hrs 53 mins 50 secs, Wiggins captured the overall crown in 28:22.05.

"It's right up there in terms of satisfaction more than anything," said Wiggins. "I set my store to win the Tour of California. At 34 it's nice to still be winning at this age."

Then Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France left no doubt that he would support Team Sky's Froome in July when he seeks back-to-back triumphs in France.

"Chris wants to win a second tour and I think everyone is behind that, including myself," Wiggins said.

"If I am fortunate enough to be in the Tour, it will be in support of Chris and that's that."

Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour de France and then followed with a 2012 time-trial gold medal at his home Olympics in London.

On Sunday, Wiggins denied Australian overall runner-up Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) in a final bid to close the 30-second gap between them after Saturday's seventh stage.

"I had an incredible team around me," Wiggins said. "The team took the whole strain this week. They have done a fantastic job. It was a fantastic way to finish."

American Lawson Craddock finished third, remaining 1:48 adrift after the final stage.

For Cavendish, a 28-year-old Omega rider, the stage victory was something of a surprise.

"I'm in the form of my life," he said. "To win the sprint I know my condition is good. I really wasn't expecting it."

Germany's John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) was second in the stage with Slovakian Peter Sagan (Cannondale) third, both in the same time as Cavendish.

Results on Sunday in the eighth stage of the Tour of California, 122 km in Thousand Oaks:

1. Mark Cavendish (GBR/Omega) 2hrs, 53mins, 50secs, 2. John Degenkolb (GER) same time, 3. Peter Sagan (SVK) s.t., 4. Matthew Goss (AUS) s.t., 5. Danny Van Poppel (NED) s.t.

....

20. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) s.t.

Overall standings after eight of eight stages:

1. Bradley Wiggins (GBR/Sky) 28:22:05, 2. Rohan Dennis (AUS) at 30sec, 3. Lawson Craddock (USA) at 1:48, 4. Tiago Machado (POR) at 2:02, 5. Adam Yates (GBR) at 2:14.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

South African woman learns to surf at aged 70

Anthea Petzer just wants to learn how to stand on her yellow Australian surfboard and carve up the waves.

 
 

Outdoor

Extreme Kiteboarding in Pumping Conditions!
The Arctic becomes an unlikely surfing hotspot
A romantic holiday to beat the winter blues
Why should you do a 5k?
 
 
/News
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.