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Sir Bradley Wiggins: I couldn't watch Team Sky rider Chris Froome win Tour de France

Team Sky riders Bradley Wiggins (left) and Chris Froome pictured together. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed he could not bring himself to watch fellow Team Sky rider Chris Froome win the Tour de France and inherit the title he won in 2012.

Wiggins was forced to miss the 100th Tour through injury, having seen his own dream of winning the Giro d'Italian earlier this year ended by illness.

The 33-year-old made a low key comeback today, finishing over nine minutes behind the leading group in the first stage of the Tour of Poland.

I didn't watch, I couldn't watch.

I would have loved to have been there so it was hard to watch. I focused on the positives rather than sitting watching telly depressed.

I watched the end of the first stage when I heard the bus knocked the finish down, but otherwise I just followed what the guys did from afar.

Wiggins with second placed rider and team mate, Froome as they stand on the winners podium at the end the 2012 event. Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Although Wiggins wanted to defend his Tour de France title, he acknowledges this year's mountainous route was better suited to a natural climber like Froome.

Wiggins has been criticised for reportedly not congratulating Froome on his victory but he said today: "Brilliant. It was a great team performance, a great individual performance and they deserved everything they got."

Wiggins pictured at stage seven of last year's Tour. Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He added: "Chris' performance was dominant. I've said before he's probably best climber in the world.

"I've never been that good a climber. I can climb but my speciality is the time trial and working back from that.

"A Tour like this year, Chris is the stronger rider."

Wiggins confirmed he will not be riding the Vuelta a Espana, putting his focus now on the world championships in September, where he wants to add the time trial crown to the Olympic title he won 12 months ago in London.