The Criterium Du Dauphine is a popular tune up for the Tour de France. However, while the roads are the same as in July, the racers are different. The top riders tend to hold back lest they expend valuable energy in June that might be needed in July. Thus is the new science of cycling.
So it was refreshing to see Bradley Wiggins defend his lead in the race. He dug deep into his famed “Suitcase of Courage” to defend his lead over the past few days. The question is was that at the expense of the Tour de France? Did he really have a shot at a podium in Paris? This should be a good backstory starting July 2nd.