The Big Issue

Wiggins's performance last year was impressive but, like it or not, this year's route is a much tougher proposition. The mountains will encourage Contador and Schleck to be much, much more aggressive, and that puts Wiggins into unfamiliar territory again. A top-five result would be incredible — more impressive than last year's fourth. Sixth to 10th should not be seen as a disappointment but confirmation of the building process. The big concern is that, for all the talk of excellent team spirit, he is likely to be alone in the highest mountains. There will be no Christian Vande Velde for company, for example.

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