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Wiggins: ‘I won’t be riding the Tour de France this year’

Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that he will not be riding the Tour de France if the defending champion Chris Froome holds his form up to the start of the race in Leeds on 5 July.

Bradley Wiggins of Sky Procycling warms up for Stage Three Individual Time Trial in the 2013 Tour of Britain in Knowsley. Credit: PA

The 2012 winner said today: “The team is focused around Chris Froome who has got a chance of winning his second Tour and it’s been decided to base the team around him.”

“I’m gutted,” Wiggins added. “I’ve worked hard all year for this, I went to California and won that, I feel I’m in the form I was in 2012, but I understand that cycling is a team sport and at the end of the day it’s about the team winning, at the end of the day it’s about Chris winning.”

Manxman Peter Kennaugh in Team Sky line-up at Giro

Manxman Peter Kennaugh has been named in Team Sky's line-up for the 2014 Giro d'Italia, which begins in Belfast on May 9.

The 24-year-old, from Douglas, was a key member of the Team Sky squad which helped Chris Froome to Tour de France glory in 2013.

Manxman Peter Kennaugh Credit: PA

The nine-strong team for the first Grand Tour of the season will also feature Italian riders Dario Cataldo and Salvatore Puccio, Ben Swift, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bernhard Eisel, Sebastian Henao and Kanstantsin Siutsou.

On confirming the team line-up Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, said: “We’ve brought together an exciting squad and we can’t wait, not only for the start in Northern Ireland, but to perform in front of our Italian fans.”

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British success at BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester

Liam Phillips on his way to winning the Mens BMX Supercross WC 2013. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Home favourite Liam Phillips won the elite men's race at the UCI BMX Supercross event in Manchester on Saturday night.

Phillips, who won the world tile in Auckland in July last year, powered away from the rest of the field to take a win he ranked up with the best of his career.

The 25-year-old said: "I won the world championships in New Zealand but it feels more special to win in front of the guys that support me."

Phillips' win came hot on the heels of his victory in Friday night's time trial at the National Cycling Centre.

Great Britain academy rider Charlotte Green finished fourth in the elite women's race behind winner Caroline Buchanan of Australia.

Olympian backs new "Think Bikes" campaign

80% of drivers say it's hard to spot cyclists and motorbikes Credit: Automobile Association

Cheshire's Olympic cycling champion, Chris Boardman is backing a new campaign calling on drivers to "Think Bikes".

New figures from the AA say more than 80% of drivers say they have trouble spotting cyclists and motorcyclists.

More than half are often ‘surprised when a cyclist appears from nowhere’.

The "Think Bike" campaign has government support Credit: PA

Chris Boardman, a world time trial champion in 1994, is British Cycling's policy adviser and backing the AA's campaign.

He said "This is a welcome step in creating a culture of mutual respect between all road users."

He went on "We know that cyclists and drivers are often the same people – nine out of 10 British Cycling members also drive a car. This sticker campaign reflects the importance of looking out for everyone on the road, regardless of what form of transport they use."

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