Bradley Wiggins (Sky) continued his trail-blazing 2012 season to become the first British winner of the Tour de Romandie. Despite losing the yellow jersey on the penultimate day, with a final ITT and only 9 seconds between himself and Rabobank’s Luis-Leon Sanchez, it seemed that the race was Wiggins’ to lose.
The winner’s jersey was a fitting belated birthday present for Wiggins – 32 on Saturday – and in his after-race press conference, he talked about just how far he has come as a rider:
It was a true test of a GC rider; it had a bit of everything in it plus a mechanical for myself. I’m pleased with the way I handled that moment because a few years ago I might have thrown my toys out of the pram and chucked my bike down the ravine! It was a good test for the bigger races coming up and I’m delighted.