Oakley's Evans And Wiggins Start Strong At 2010 Giro d'Italia


Oakley’s Bradley Wiggins of Britain claimed his first ever leader’s jersey in a Grand Tour by winning the opening time trial in the Giro d’Italia. Oakley’s reigning world champion Cadel Evans of Australia took third in the time trial and took the lead in the overall standings in stage two.
The Italian tour started in Amsterdam and Wiggins, Britain’s double gold medallist at the Beijing Olympics, had spots of rain and cold to contend with as he negotiated the technical, tramline-dotted streets of the Dutch capital. Wiggins mastered the treacherous conditions to claim the maglia rosa.

“It was hard,” said Wiggins, who wore the all-white British national time-trial champion’s skinsuit. “But I just did my own race and was oblivious to anyone else. I was oblivious to anyone on the course, I was in my own world. That’s what I always do in time trials. If I crashed, I crashed. I wasn’t going to touch my brakes.”

Wiggins had said on the eve of the Giro that it was his ambition to take the pink jersey in the first week.

After his fourth overall finish in last year’s Tour de France, Wiggins is considered an overall contender. But his prospects of being in pink when the Giro finishes in Verona in three weeks are likely to be handicapped by the fact that he wants to save his best for the Tour de France in July. Wiggins admitted that “the last week [of the Giro] is brutal, and you could finish your season if you chase something too hard.”

He seems likely, instead, to take a similar approach to last year, riding among the overall leaders on selected stages, rather than consistently. “I’d love to have a crack at the [overall classification] at the Giro and I may end up in a position where it would be difficult not to,” said Wiggins. “But I also don’t want to get too carried away and be at my best for the Giro and then be tired at the Tour.”

Oakleys’ Cadel Evans was 18th in stage two which gave him a one-second overall lead from the day’s stage winner, American Tyler Farrar.

“Today was one of the most ridiculously dangerous days I’ve seen in my career,” Evans said after the stage finish in Utrecht.

“I saw many nervous riders today, too nervous. When it’s dangerous like that, experience counts, but so does luck. I’m not going to look at keeping the jersey at any cost,” Evans said as there were many crashes and injuries in stage two.


Erin Edwards


May 11, 2010

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