Wiggins watching the 2014 Tour as a fan

Sir Bradley Wiggins may have been denied a place in the Tour de France this year but he has not shunned the event, instead tuning in at home to watch as a fan with his son.

Sir Bradley Wiggins, avec beard.

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Rather than envying his Team Sky team-mates, he has watched the Tour take place in some miserable weather, which contributed to the withdrawal of both defending champion Chris Froome and Alberto Contador.

"It was a perfect distraction really and I've ended up watching the Tour for watching the Tour, really," he said.

"I've watched it like everyone else to see that battle in the mountains and we got denied that because Contador and Chris crashed out.

"My son watches it and I end up watching it with him because he loves Peter Sagan and (Mark Cavendish) and so I kind of ended up watching it as a fan, really."

Tour de France 2014 Stage 15 highlights: Kristoff catches Bauer in thrilling chase

Alexander Kristoff took the win on stage 15 of the Tour de France as the sprinters caught breakaway pair Martin Elmiger and Jack Bauer on the line.

Bauer had disappeared into the lead from the very beginning of the 222 kilometre stage between Tallard and Nimes but lost out cruelly in the closing stages as the chasing pack eventually put in a huge push.

Garmin-Sharp domestique Jack Bauer missed out on a famous victory.

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