Race leader Bradley Wiggins says he is in a "fantastic position" after his impressive stage-nine time trial victory in the Tour de France yesterday. But Wiggins, who is aiming to become the first Briton to win the race, is wary of the threat posed by reigning champion Cadel Evans (4/1 to win Tour de France) who is currently 1 minute 53 seconds behind the Team Sky rider.
Wiggins said "It's a fantastic position to be in but I'm a human, not a machine, and there's always the possibility of a bad day or a crash (Wiggins withdrew from the Tour last year after breaking his collarbone following a crash in Stage 7). Cadel is not going to give up before we get to Paris."
Today is the first of two rest days in this year’s Tour de France and Wiggins will be reviewing his performance so far before continuing his challenge. The triple Olympic champion took the yellow jersey on Saturday on the Tour's first summit finish and held it for the next two days through Porrentruy on Sunday and then Monday's time trial.
He added "I struggled a little bit at that mountain summit the other day when I took the jersey - I realise what that means in the sport. I didn't sleep very well that night. I allowed the emotion of taking the jersey to slightly get to me. But that's what it's all about, that's why I do this sport, that's why I love it and that's why I train as hard as I do. I think I'm entitled to that (3/10 to win Tour de France). Fortunately we've got a rest day, so a little bit more time to let it all sink in."