Sir Bradley Wiggins said he was forced to pull out of this summer's Tour de France because he had not been able to train due to injury:
It’s a huge disappointment not to make the Tour. I desperately wanted be there, for the team and for all the fans along the way - but It’s not going to happen. I can’t train the way I need to train and I’m not going to be ready.
Once you accept that, it’s almost a relief not having to worry about the injury and the race against time.
I’ve been through this before, when I broke my collarbone, so I know how it works. I’ll get this sorted, set new goals for this season and focus on those.
This team has so many riders in great shape, ready for selection and we set incredible standards for performance which shouldn’t be compromised. We need to have the best chance to win.
Defending champion Bradley Wiggins has been ruled out of this year's Tour de France due to injury.
Bradley Wiggins has come second on third stage of Giro d'Italia.
The results are:
- (1) Luca Paolini (Italy / Katusha) 9:04:32"
- (2) Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Team Sky) +17"
- (3) Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Team Sky)
- (4) Benat Intxausti (Spain / Movistar) +26"
- (5) Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Astana)
Chris Froome will lead Team Sky's charge at this year's Tour de France, team principal Sir Dave Brailsford said.
Froome played a vital role in helping Sir Bradley Wiggins claim victory in the 2012 Tour, finishing second overall himself but Team Sky stated back in January that the 2013 campaign would be built around Froome, with Wiggins in support.
Brailsford told www.teamsky.com : "As always the team selection is a management decision and it will be evidence-based.
"However it is crucial there is clarity of purpose and for that reason we will go to the Tour with one leader.
"Taking that into consideration and given Chris' step up in performances this year, our plan, as it has been since January is to have him lead the Tour de France team."
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