TEAM Sky rider Sir Bradley Wiggins lost ground on the Giro D’Italia leaders after being slowed down by a collision as a wet and foggy stage four drew to its close yesterday.
Wiggins began the day 17 seconds off the pace and was well positioned with less than three of the 244km still to race when a collision involving three riders forced a split in the peloton. The hold up meant the reigning Tour de France champion lost a further 17 seconds in the stage and subsequently slipped to sixth place in the overall classification.
It was hoped the race jury would step in and award Wiggins the same time as stage winner Enrico Battaglin, due to the incident occurring so close to the finish line.
That luxury though, was only afforded to the three riders involved in the crash, but Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford does not believe Wiggins’ chances of winning in Italy have been affected.
“Bradley’s in great shape mentally and physically,” he said. “Ultimately this first week is all about staying in contention and then this race will be won and lost in the time trials and the high mountains.”