"I had started wondering myself, thinking 'shit, am I good enough, ' so this win feels really good after six days waiting". With 200 meters (yards) to go I saw the gap and I was going to the finish line..
He benefited from a clash of shoulders between Germany's André Greipel and Colombia's Fernando Gaviria in the closing metres, when the former appeared to be on course for a first stage win of this year's race.
Wiggins believes Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford would be telling Thomas and Froome they can win the Tour in order to keep them motivated.
After nine stages, Thomas lies second overall heading into today's 10th stage from Annecy to Le Grand Bornand, 47 seconds behind BMC's Greg van Avermaet. 'For us it's fantastic to have different cards to play.
"If you look at all the general classification riders, Geraint is right up there", he said.
Wiggins stated he can be "divisive" and "self-serving" at such times. If that happens, it could pose problems for Team Sky. It's for other teams to attack us now.
Slipstreaming motorbikes and race vehicles is unlikely to prove that helpful during the coming three Alpine stages, which include 12 categorised climbs and two summit finishes. A note for Cofidis and Christian Laporte, the team have been active and he's been sprinting well, and he was ahead of Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) yesterday with Greipel again not quite hitting the right notes.
"He's riding extremely well and it just puts us in an even better place".
Monday's first rest day, after an 800-km transfer by plane to the Alps, will be much appreciated by the riders, who crossed the line in Roubaix, their faces covered by a mixture of dust and sweat after three and a half hours in scorching heat.