Blazin' Saddles

Brad’s perfect day

Blazin' Saddles

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Can Bradley Wiggins do no wrong? The Team Sky leader reserved his very best for Saturday's Giro prologue in Amsterdam as he "mullered" (© David Harmon) his way to pink.

Wiggo's ride shaved two seconds from the efforts of BMC buddies Cadel "Eyebrows" Evans and Brent "Keepin it real since 1984" Bookwalter, while Alexandre Vinokourov, looking more and more like a James Bond baddie from the Timothy Dalton era, rode through the rain to get fourth.

It was a superb Giro debut for the unknown 26-year-old American Bookwalter, whose cheesy Frat-boy motivational motto is "No thinking, no drama, just booty shaking good times" (no, it really is).

The cheery accolades, however, went to perfect son Wiggins, who succeeded in giving his mother Linda the perfect birthday present in the Lycra form of the coveted leaders' maglia rosa.

But what impressed Blazin' Saddles most was Wiggins' comments and actions afterwards.

Make no mistake - this couldn't have been further from fellow Brit Mark Cavendish's recent mode of celebration. There were no offensive 'vaffanculo' V-signs to the cameras, no snide swipes at the media and team-mates, nor was there any need for a hasty ham-fisted apology once the inevitable realisation of being a complete and utter cretin hit home.

No, Wiggins has more class, more charisma, more charm. Instead of ruining the moment with petulance, Wiggins showed respect and gracious thanks towards team-mates, respect towards the history of the Giro and its "iconic" jersey, respect towards the bottle of champagne thrust in his hand and - most memorable of all - respect to the British tradition of humour.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Wiggins after an afternoon hampered by wind and rain. "It was a really beautiful prologue with the amount of people on the road. It's almost comparable to London in the Tour. Every couple of yards I would inhale someone's cigarette smoke or smell their beer. It was a wall of sound."

With trademark crypticness, Wiggins also revealed the culinary improvement he has experienced since leaving Garmin-Transitions last summer.

"We have a chef this year and you never have to worry about the food, which is always good. You don't get that luxury at the Tour de France."

And at the end of the day, Wiggins summed up his work for his fans on Twitter: "So job done, big thanks for all the kind messages, I'm humbled!"

Of course, the Tweet would have been better if he'd attached a picture of himself making a Churchillian victory sign with his fingers - but one absent sprinter may have not seen the funny side of that.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Anyone out there with a huge package want to put on a pair of bibshorts and let me sign their crotch?" Cath Wiggins' reaction to a picture of her husband signing the shirt of an ample-chested model at the Giro presentation ceremony.

Follow the Giro throughout the day on www.twitter.com/saddleblaze.

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