Wiggins Giro hopes vanish as Cavendish claims 100th win

Frank Dalleres
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BRITAIN’S Sir Bradley Wiggins will decide today whether to continue his Giro d’Italia campaign, after miserably struggling through stage 12 with a chest infection.

The Tour de France champion was dropped by the peloton 20km from the line and, despite the efforts of six Team Sky colleagues to help him recover, finished 122nd, three minutes and 17 seconds behind stage winner and fellow Briton Mark Cavendish.

Crucially though, Wiggins slipped from fourth to 13th in the general classification and trails pink jersey-holder Vincenzo Nibali by five minutes and 22 seconds.

And, with his health seemingly deteriorating, Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford admits it is unclear whether Wiggins will continue.

“If he’s over the worst and gets better then he’ll carry on,” said Brailsford. “But if he’s getting worse then it will be up to the doctors and medics to make a call as to what’s best for him.

“He’s fit enough, it’s not about fitness it’s about sickness. They are two very different things.”

Victory for Cavendish, meanwhile, was his 100th career stage triumph and the third at this year’s Giro.