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Wiggins out of Tour de France

Defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has been ruled out of this year's Tour de France due to illness and injury.

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Team Sky 'can't consider Wiggins for selection'

Bradley Wiggins' team principal, Sir Dave Brailsford of Team Sky, said the Tour de France champion would not be considered for selection due to his injury problems:

With illness, injury and treatment Brad has gone past the point where he can be ready for the Tour. It’s a big loss but, given these circumstances, we won’t consider him for selection.

He hasn’t been able to train hard since the Giro and now he needs further rest. Whilst we all know these things happen in sport, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a huge disappointment for everyone in the team – and above all for Brad.

It’s incredibly sad to have the reigning champion at Team Sky but not lining up at the Tour. But he’s a champion, a formidable athlete and will come back winning as he has before.

– Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky Principal

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