Bradley Wiggins has today revealed that he won’t be riding the Tour de France when it comes to Sheffield in a month.
The 2012 winner confirmed he will miss out if defending champion Chris Froome holds his form up to the start of the race in Leeds on July 5. The tour comes to Sheffield on July 6.
He recently won the Tour of California and is to start the Tour of Switzerland next week for Team Sky.
Mr Wiggins said: “The team is focused around Chris Froome who has got a chance of winning his second Tour and it’s been decided to base the team around him.
“I’m gutted. I’ve worked hard all year for this,
“I went to California and won that, I feel I’m in the form I was in 2012, but I understand that cycling is a team sport and at the end of the day it’s about the team winning, at the end of the day it’s about Chris winning.
“As it stands, all being well and Chris staying fit and healthy, that’s the team,” concluded Wiggins, conceding that there is still a chance he may be called in if Froome is injured between now and the start of the race.
He added: “There will be plenty to cheer about.
“We’ve got Mark Cavendish there whose got a great chance of picking up the yellow jersey on day one and it’s going to be a huge celebration.”
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “From a selfish point of view obviously I am disappointed if, as it sounds, Sir Bradley Wiggins will not be on the start line.
“Personally, he is still a great champion, he inspired millions of people with his success in 2012 when he became the first British rider to win the Tour de France, however I am sure this is not the last we will see of Sir Bradley in the Tour de France and he will return again in the future to try to add to his win in 2012.
“Sir Dave Brailsford is a genius at picking winning combinations in teams and so I am sure whatever combination of riders is revealed at the opening ceremony will be an exciting one.
“We are delighted to have Chris Froome lining up on the start line in Leeds, spearheading the attempt to win a hat trick of Team Sky successes and aiming to become the first back to back winner of the Tour de France in 20 years.”
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