Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins speaks of childhood wishes coming true.
CHARTRES, (FRANCE (JULY 21, 2012) (REUTERS) -Bradley Wiggins won the 19th and penultimate stage of the Tour de France on Saturday (July 21), a 53.5 km individual time trial between Bonneval and Chartres, so he retains the overall leader's yellow jersey.
Wiggins, 32, finished one minute 16 seconds faster than Sky team mate and overall second, Christopher Froome, so is set to become the first British rider to win the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.
Speaking at the official news conference, Wiggins recalled his childhood wish.
"Going back as a child, watching the Tour de France, as a kid on telly (television) and that,from the age of 10, 11, 12, all through the (Miguel) Indurain years, you know, dreaming than one day you would win the Tour, but never really, really at that age thinking, you know, what chances, you know, a kid growing up in central London, is he ever going to win the Tour? And, so, all those things really, it's been an incredible road really," Wiggins said.
The Team Sky rider said it was probably the highlight of his sporting career.
"In a sporting sense, what you work for, you achieve, you have got to go out and work, you need routine in your life, you need something to aspire to, it's what keeps you going everyday and this has been that for me for the last four years, so in a sporting sense, yes, it's been my greatest sporting achievement but, bloody hell, I've just won the Tour, what else is there other -- bigger than that? So it goes without saying that it's probably the 'bonheur' (greatest hour/ highlight) of my sporting career, but perhaps not in life."
Wiggins mentioned what a hugely successful year he was having.
"Now, barring any incident tomorrow, the winner, you know, not only of the Tour, because I have an incredible respect for the whole of the racing calendar, (as) the winner of Paris-Nice, Dauphin and the Tour in the same year -- it's quite something you know."
Next, Wiggins hopes to add the Olympic time trial gold medal to his haul, in London on August 1.