'Le Gentleman' Wiggins praised by French media
Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins was hailed as a 'true gent' after his actions following sabotage in the 14th stage of the race.
Sunday's stage of le Tour was marred with controversy after tacks were scattered across the road at the top of Mur de Péguere. Thirty riders were affected, including last year's winner Cadel Evans. Narrow roads meant that team support cars took a long time to reach the affected riders, which meant that Evans lost a huge amount of time to leader Wiggins. However, the Team Sky man showed great camaraderie along with his team-mates, slowing up the peloton to allow the puncture victims to catch up. Doing this is part of Tour etiquette, and French television were quick to praise the Brit for his conduct. The peloton eventually reached the finishing line 18 minutes behind stage winner Luis-Leon Sanchez, with Evans remaining a competitive three minutes behind the leader Wiggins. Evans' team director John Lelange openly praised the Sky team, calling them "really honest and fair". Wiggins is looking to become the first ever British winner of the prestigious race in its 98 year history, and only has to hold on to it until July 22 to win the Tour. The remaining stages include the famous Col du Tourmalet and one more time trial, where Wiggins will look to extend his lead to secure the Maillot Jaune.