Wiggins Plays Down Tour De France Podium Chances
5:08pm 30th June 2011
(Updated 11:06am 1st July 2011)
Bradley Wiggins says he feels in perfect shape for this year's Tour de France, but is playing down his chances of a podium finish.
Having finished an impressive fourth behind Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck and Lance Armstrong in 2009, Wiggins slumped to a disappointing 24th-place finish at last year's Tour.
The 31-year-old knows there was high expectation of a podium spot and this year he is trying to distance himself from any pre-race hype.
That's despite a recent win at the Dauphine Libere race.
"I was written off after last year's race and I'm back in the limelight all of a sudden," he said at Team Sky's news conference.
"It's not about convincing anyone or convincing the fans.
"I think I've done what I've done until now, and the results speak for themselves.
"I'm certainly as ready as I've ever been before for a Tour de France. I've learned a lot of lessons from last year, (I) come with a lot more experience."