Wiggins expects Tour attacks
Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins expects to come under attack as his rivals attempt to seize the yellow jersey from his shoulders on the way to Paris.
Wiggins (Team Sky) won the 41.5-kilometre stage nine time-trial on Monday from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon, enhancing his hold on the fabled maillot jaune with his first Tour stage success.
The 32-year-old triple Olympic gold medal winner leads defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) by one minute 53 seconds ahead of the 194.5km 10th stage from Macon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. Wiggins said: "We're in a dream scenario at the moment, almost two minutes ahead. (But) I don't expect anyone at this stage of the race to say 'Sky have won it'."
Wiggins is relishing his position, but is taking nothing for granted, particularly with Evans lurking. The Briton crashed out with a broken collarbone in the first week in 2011 and was impressed with the way the Australian won the Tour.
"I don't for one minute underestimate Cadel," Wiggins said.
"I've got huge respect for him - I know what he is capable of. I saw how he won last year and I expect a fight every inch of the way to Paris."
With another time-trial to come, on the Tour's penultimate stage, Wiggins does not believe he needs to go chasing more time advantages in the Alps and Pyrenees.
"In all honesty, I don't need to take any time in the mountains or take any huge risks in the next few days," he added.
"I've still got that time-trial to come in just over a week, which is longer, flatter and more suited to me. But you just play it day by day. You just never know in cycling.
"If there's a chance where you could take some more time, if somebody's having a bad day, or the group's splintering, maybe I'll take that, but it might be the opposite."
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