BRADLEY WIGGINS was expecting his Tour de France lead to come under threat on today’s 11th stage, when he will become the first Briton to wear the yellow jersey for four days in one Tour.
Wiggins’ advantage of one minute 53 seconds over defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) remained intact after the 10th stage to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, won by France’s Thomas Voeckler (Europcar).
The 148-kilometre 11th stage from Albertville to La Toussuire was set to see further attacks on his hold on the maillot jaune.
“It’s the toughest day of the race, so it’s going to be a big day,” said Wiggins, who was set to succeed the previous best British yellow stint set by Chris Boardman in 1994 and David Millar in 2000.
Keeping the yellow jersey in Paris on July 22 is Wiggins’ main goal.
Not only will he have to fend off rivals, but the race leader faces a daily inquisition.
The 32-year-old Londoner on Sunday exploded into an expletive-laden rant when questioned on Twitter speculation regarding drugs.
Questioned again on the spectre of doping in cycling, Wiggins said: “There’s one reason why I’m in this position and that’s because I’ve worked hard and I shouldn’t have to justify all that other stuff which we spoke about the other day to certain parts of the world.”