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Team Sky has announced Sir Bradley Wiggins will not start this year's Tour de France. The defending champion has been taken out of running due to a knee injury after recovering from the illness he picked up at the Giro d'Italia.
Sir Dave Brailsford said in a press release; "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 Bradley Wiggins said; "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."
Wiggins had targetted the Giro d'Italia this season, but after a promising start he slipped back as he succumbed to illness. He eventually pulled out after stage 12, unable to compete in the terrible conditions as illness took hold.
Before the Giro had even started Wiggins had thrown a spanner in team Sky's Tour preparation when he said he would like a shot at winning the Tour if he was selected. Although he admitted the decision was ultimately down to the team, he cast doubt on the original plan that he would work for Chris Froome after Froome had worked for him last year.
Wiggins' statement drew an angry response from Froome who put out his own statement confirming the fact that he had been assured team leadership at the Tour. The withdrawal of Wiggins from Tour selection may see the loss of one of Sky's strongest riders, but it does put to bed any questions over leadership.
Team Sky's Doctor Richard Freeman said: "The chest infection that caused his withdrawal from the Giro has responded to treatment and rest. It has completely cleared up. However,
further medical investigations on the knee injury that we were managing
at the Giro showed the condition was more significant than we thought."
"It's needed intensive treatment and, whilst it will be fully resolved,
Bradley now needs to rest completely for five days before a gradual,
return to full training over a period of two to three weeks."
Bummer. The tussle between him and Froome would have been very interesting. I would have loved to see Wiggins take the yellow jersey via the ITT, then play support to Froome up until the mountains. Then try to stay close enough to him, to get him in the final ITT. Can a 2nd string rider win the TDF whilst following team orders and supporting the lead rider? I know Froome is strong in the ITT too, so probably couldn't happen but I would have liked to see it.
This probably exposes my complete lack of pro-cycle racing knowledge, but the whole team dynamics and race tactics I find very interesting, even if I'm very ignorant of most of it.
Ego is not a dirty word............you are right on the money mate.
Oh well, hopefully that opens the door for an Australian to do well.
And, according to Ritchie Porte's reasons for re-signing with Sky, it's going to be his turn next year.
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Poor wiggo !! Boo hoo. Bet Froome breathed a sigh of relief.
I was looking FWD to Sky imploding ....
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Like a lot of people I wanted to see the two dills destroy each other and let the other top gc riders and teams actually compete and make attacks and make possibly a very boring race exciting.
I fear that we will again this year have a sky rider win the ITT and then sky shut the race down from there on.
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Shame, racing needs blokes like him to make the post race interviews less &%#*$(AT)& boring you &$^(AT)#*(AT)#$ *%^#$(AT)$s
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Two Lead Dogs on one team could've been interesting. I guess it shows Wiggins has learned from history and opted not to run with it. No chance of Wiggins ever getting a double now I wouldn't reckon. I consider guys like Stuey O'grady, Jens, and Big George as better riders than Wiggins, cause at least they're team players. Any of those guys could've won with Sky last year!
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And you keep thinking that.
As long as there are Brits with a chance of winning Richie will be left with the scraps
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Froome is also a colonial.
... And wiggo is out of the tour. So Froome gets his chance.
It would take a similar stroke of luck for Richie to get "his turn" with team UK Postal Service, erm, I mean Sky.
Porte stayed with Sky because they dangled the "Giro" carrot infront of him... But watch that carrot grow legs and move further and further away :p
Wiggo won't win another Gt unless it doesn't rain and has lots if ITT
Your issue is off topic and misses my point that Froome is a British citizen and so likely to be favoured by Sky (which is British) where as Porte is an Australian citizen.
Look at porridge Uran he had good chance at competing for first at the giro but the held back for Brad even though it was obvious in the first week he had almost no chanve
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Millars blog post is interesting ...
I think that there is a lot not said publicly about the dicky knee bizzo ....
They certainly are. Hvae heard a few already. I would have loved to have seen a little infighting between Wiggo & Froome. Would have made for better interviews post stages.
The plus side is Porte will be 2IC & if something happens to Froome he will be numero uno...
Should still be a cracker without Wiggo & weakens the Sky train a little, which will add to the excitement.
I don't think for a moment that citizenship matters to that pragmatic team.
Froome is simply a better rider than Porte!
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