Rider profile: Bradley Wiggins
After storming to victory in 2012's Tour – the first Briton to win in the race's long history – and then picking up a bonus gold medal at the London Olympics, Bradley Wiggins might have imagined that 2013 would be a difficult act to follow.
So it has proved, with Wiggins pulling out of the Giro due to a chest infection. Then came the news that every Wiggins fan feared: he would not be defending his Tour crown, after a knee injury and that dodgy chest left him unable to train properly for the race.
It's a bitter blow for Wiggins himself, but also for Team Sky, who would have relied heavily on his experience as they switched their focus to Chris Froome.
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