Sir Bradley Wiggins says he wants to ride in "whatever capacity" at the Tour de France

Team Sky poised for rare pairing of previous winners from same country

by John Stevenson   January 28, 2014  

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When the Tour de France rolls out of Leeds on July 5, Sir Bradley Wiggins says he will fill whatever role Team Sky asks in order to be on that start line.

After making history as the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012, Sir Bradley missed the 2013 edition because of injury. Team-mate Chris Froome took the win, and Wiggins is determined to line up next to the defending champion this year.

Sir Bradley and Team Sky are currently on a training camp in Majorca. He will start his season at the four-day Challenge Majorca race series on February 9.

Wiggins told Sky Sports News: “I’d love to be back at the Tour de France. That’s the long-term goal - to be part of that successful team.

“I missed it last year and had to watch it on the TV. When you see it from the outside then you see just how great the Tour de France is.”

“Obviously there’s a huge opportunity with it starting in the UK this year. Coming back as a former winner and it being there is fantastic.”

If Sky fields both Sir Bradley and Chris Froome, it will be the first time a team has rolled out two Tour de France winners from the same country since Pedro Delgado and Miguel Indurain rode for Banesto in 1993.

Sir Bradley said: “To be back at the Tour de France, back in the team in whatever capacity alongside the defending champion Chris Froome, two British winners in the Tour starting in the UK - it’s going to be quite an experience.”

“At this stage, all my winter training has been about hitting the ground running in the early races. I want to get off to a flying start as I did in 2012.

“I want to perform well in the early season. I’ve got some good goals early season, building up to the Tour of California in May. I want to start performing well out there in America.”

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Delgado and Indurain rode for Banesto in '93. Sorry, I'm pedantic (and I was there)!

posted by banjokat [20 posts]
28th January 2014 - 23:11

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It was Banesto, I still have the cap, jersey and shorts.

A bit tight these days....

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posted by Flying Scot [438 posts]
28th January 2014 - 23:26

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Technically, in 1993, but commonly still referred to as Banesto Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7839 posts]
29th January 2014 - 1:46

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Are you sure Simon....I hate to argue, but the internet wasn't even properly "born" in 1993...there were less than 1000 websites and I bet was not one of them, nor the team name.

I believe that came into being around 98/99....

But anyway, I want to see Wiggo ride as a team leader, fail and let Froome show him up Rolling On The Floor

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
29th January 2014 - 3:00

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1990-2000 banesto

Who'd have thought it !!!!

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posted by therevokid [664 posts]
29th January 2014 - 6:43

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Be good to see which of them outshines the other, and who is the super domestique

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posted by Miles253 [189 posts]
29th January 2014 - 7:56

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They'll both play support.

Team Sky take it in turns to win and it's Richie Porte's turn this year!

posted by MuddyGoose [6 posts]
29th January 2014 - 11:23

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Gkam84 wrote:
But anyway, I want to see Wiggo ride as a team leader, fail and let Froome show him up Rolling On The Floor

by saying he wants to ride in 'whatever capacity' means he would be prepared to support another teammate - so I doubt this scenario would happen - as much as you might want it to.

But we'll see - he's been known to change his opinion!

I think Wiggins is capable of winning again if he had full team support behind him - but expecting that from Froome is very unlikely as he sees himself as the stronger rider. It was hard enough getting him to support when he was in a domestique role.

You could argue, why should either support the other if they're both in form - perhaps it could be a 'two leader' team? I think the public would love to see that but I doubt Sky would risk it to achieve the GC..

The cat and mouse nature of Grand Tour riding, won and lost by making attacks in the mountains definitely favour Froome over Wiggins. Doing a long TT stage would favour Wiggins over Froome. Ditto going for the hour record or other track events. Does that make either the 'better cyclist' - I would say no, they just have strengths in slightly different areas.

posted by 700c [541 posts]
29th January 2014 - 14:04

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I think he'll be on the start line. I wouldn't be surprised to see him drop out at the first rest day though, once Froome has made it safely over the cobbles and up to la Planche des Belles Filles (where Wiggo got into yellow).

Cynic, moi?

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posted by Gizmo_ [712 posts]
29th January 2014 - 14:25

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I really hope this saga is just put to bed so that Wiggins and Froome can ride together and it isn't a constant new story. Doubt it'll happen though

posted by jarredscycling [436 posts]
29th January 2014 - 15:35

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Porte will be riding GC for Sky at the Giro. If he rides TdF (and I hope he does) he'll be carrying bottles.

posted by nortonpdj [14 posts]
29th January 2014 - 17:46

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all wiggins is good for now is fetching bottles for froome!!,

posted by seanboy [23 posts]
29th January 2014 - 19:35

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Have people forgotten who was runner up to Wiggins when he won? Does it really make any difference

Makes perfect sense to aim for a Froome/Wiggins (in no particular order again) double at the top of the podium again. At least that way you have a "spare" if one can't finish!

I'd like to see us dominate the event for years - not least to annoy the French...

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [275 posts]
30th January 2014 - 0:35

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