Giro d'Italia: Sir Dave Brailsford insists Sir Bradley Wiggins is 'fine' after stage seven crash
Sir Dave Brailsford insisted Sir Bradley Wiggins was "fine" after his crash at the Giro d'Italia.
Last Updated: 10/05/13 5:56pm
Wiggins fell 6km from the finish on a rain-soaked descent and eventually crossed the line 1min 24sec behind all of his general classification rivals, including Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) and Cadel Evans (BMC).
The result saw him slip to 23rd in the overall standings, 1min 32sec off new pink jersey wearer Benat Inxausti (Movistar).
Following his crash, Wiggins saw out the rest of the stage at a crawling pace, but Brailsford insisted the incident had caused no lasting damage.
He told teamsky.com"Bradley's fine. There is no physical injury.
"Ultimately, when you have difficult conditions like these and hard racing, this type of thing can happen. It is the Giro.
Focus on time trial
"You can have good days and bad days and you have to wait until the end to tot them all up and see where you are. It is a setback, but Brad is still very much in the hunt.
"We have now got to take each day as it comes, focus on fully recovering tonight and hitting the time trial hard tomorrow. We will see where we are tomorrow night and take stock of the situation then."
Wiggins was helped over the line by his two Colombian team-mates, Rigoberto Uran and Sergio Henao, who dropped back to wait for him.
Had Uran pressed on and finished alongside Nibali, he would have ridden into the pink jersey. Brailsford, however, defended the team's tactics.
"It is the team's call," he added. "They are here to ride for a leader. When you are dedicated to a single leader, that is the call that the team made and that is the right call as far as I'm concerned.
"You have got to take setbacks on the chin and you have to show character. That is what it is all about and you have to keep fighting right until the end and that's what we will aim to do. There is a long way to go."