Cycling: Wiggins slips behind after crash on descent

Britain's Bradley Wiggins during the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari)

Britain's Bradley Wiggins during the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia. (AP Photo/Fabio Ferrari)

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Sir Bradley Wiggins is still in contention for the Giro d’Italia despite crashing during a disastrous seventh stage yesterday, according to Team Sky Principal Sir Dave Brailsford.

Wiggins slid off on a right-hand bend in slippery conditions on the 177km stage from San Salvo to Pescara, slipping from sixth to 23rd place in the overall standings after finishing well adrift of the stage winner, Australia’s Adam Hansen.

It leaves Wiggins one minute and 32 seconds off new overall leader Benat Intxuasti heading into today’s 55km time-trial from Gabicce Mare to Saltara, in which he had hoped to make a concerted push for top spot.

Sheffield’s Adam Blythe had a tough day ending more than an hour behind Hansen.

Tomorrow’s stage is 181km from Sansepolcro to Florence, before a rest day on Monday.

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