Wiggins considers options

Sir Bradley Wiggins: autumn decision
Sir Bradley Wiggins: autumn decision
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Sir Bradley Wiggins has still to decide his future, with positive negotiations with Team Sky continuing despite the 2012 winner being omitted from the British team’s Tour de France squad.

Sir Bradley Wiggins has still to decide his future, with positive negotiations with Team Sky continuing despite the 2012 winner being omitted from the British team’s Tour de France squad.

Wiggins spoke of his intention to stay at Team Sky at an event for one of the British squad’s sponsors in Italy over the weekend, at which he outlined his wish to challenge for the Hour Record and the Paris-Roubaix one-day race in 2015.

His contract with Team Sky, run by Sir Dave Brailsford, expires at the end of the year, but it is understood no deal has been agreed and Wiggins is likely to wait until the autumn to decide his future plans, with many options up for consideration.

There were Bastille Day fireworks on stage 10 of the Tour yesterday as Alberto Contador abandoned following a crash and Vincenzo Nibali reclaimed the yellow jersey with a tremendous victory at La Planche des Belles Filles.

Contador crashed on the 161.5-kilometre 10th stage from Mulhouse and, after struggling on for 20km in an effort to play catch-up, gave up and withdrew to his Tinkoff-Saxo team car.

The Spaniard’s departure deprives the race of another previous winner after 2013 champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) withdrew with fractures to his left wrist and right hand on stage five last Wednesday.

Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing), who inherited the 2010 title from Contador following an anti-doping infringement, quit the race with a knee injury last Tuesday, although the Luxembourg rider is a shadow of his former self.