Five-time Tour champ Indurain sends good luck gift to Wiggins

Associated Press

7/17/2012 11:35:04 AM

PAU, France -- Bradley Wiggins can count on the support of his childhood idol, five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain.

Wiggins said on Tuesday that Indurain -- the first man to win five consecutive Tours from 1991 to 1995 -- sent him a neckerchief aficionados are wearing in the bullrings of Pamplona, Spain.

Wiggins, bidding to become the first British rider to win the Tour, said the scarf was Indurain's personal one and came with a video message wishing him good luck.

Wiggins added that Indurain knows he "was a fan of his as a child, and we are very similar."

In his heyday, Indurain dominated the Tour with strong performances in time trials and was protected by his teammates in high mountains.

Wiggins and his Sky teammates have successfully reproduced that technique so far. With five stages remaining in the Tour, the former track Olympic champion leads his teammate Christopher Froome by 2 minutes, 5 seconds overall.