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.
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