Sir Bradley Wiggins says he will ride for Chris Froome at the World’s

Wiggins plays down rivalry: "It's just sport, it's about going out there and doing a job"

by John Stevenson   September 16, 2013  

2013 Tour of Oman Stage 5 Wiggins looking after Froome (© Lloyd Images:Muscat Muncipality)

Sir Bradley Wiggins has played down talk of rivalry between him and Sky team-mate Chris Froome. The two Tour de France winners have both been selected to ride for Britain at the world championships, and Wiggins says he will ride for Froome if that’s the job he is asked to do.

Talking to Sky News, Wiggins said: “Chris made his intentions clear after the Tour that he wants to try and win the world road race. I put my hand up to be part of that team and to try and assist him. I was selected last week for that.”

This year’s world championships road race course is considered to suit Froome’s climbing prowess, but he will still need a strong team behind him.

“Cycling is a team sport and the opportunity to ride for your country in good form - I was at the World Championships last year with no form and it's not a nice place to be. I always relish the opportunity to be able to ride the world’s for Great Britain, whoever the leader is and do a job that's asked of me.

“One of my best sporting memories is from two years ago assisting Cav When he won the worlds. So if that's the case and Chris manages to win it and I can play a part in it then that's a very satisfying thing.

“A lot has been said since I came out the Tour and stuff, putting weight on and all this stuff you see, going for the hour record - people make this stuff up. At this stage I'm just focused on this week. I'll get to the end of the season, have a holiday and then decide about my future.

“Whatever I'm asked to do and whatever I'm told to do I'll do at the end of the day."

Froome raced in Canada over the weekend, while Wiggins is currently taking part in the Tour of Britain, a race he has said is an important part of his preparation for a crack at the time trial at the world’s.

Asked if he and Froome had talked about their differences, Wiggins pointed out that they hadn’t raced together since the Tour of Oman in February.

However, Wiggins dismissed the significance of their rivalry.

“It’s not for me to decide [if he and Froome need to talk],” he said.

“At the end of the day it's just sport, it's about going out there and doing a job professionally. It's as simple as that.

"Whether people get on or they don't get on in walks of life it shouldn't stop you going out and doing the job you do."

Wiggins implied that his rivalry with Froome had perhaps been beaten-up a bit by the media.

He said: “Sometimes whatever has happened has happened and too much is made of it, but that’s just sport. Everyone needs a bit of a story.”

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More fuss about nothing.
At least if they both have defined roles those gobby WAGS might not get involved.

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posted by behemothprocycling [31 posts]
16th September 2013 - 10:36

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behemothprocycling wrote:

At least if they both have defined roles those gobby WAGS might not get involved.

I don't think either of their significant halves have engaged in any sort of spat in public for over a year. Maybe time to let it go, seeing as they have?

posted by atlaz [154 posts]
16th September 2013 - 12:53

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^ this...

posted by toetruck [15 posts]
16th September 2013 - 13:23

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As for the Hour Record... I want to see Motorcus have a crack, but think he'll have to take on the Classics again.

posted by merckxissimo [59 posts]
16th September 2013 - 13:48

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definitely time to let the Wiggo-Froome rivalry talk die down; at least until the lead up to next year's Tour

posted by jarredscycling [445 posts]
16th September 2013 - 16:06

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And who is Cav riding for?

posted by RTB [47 posts]
17th September 2013 - 19:57

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RTB wrote:
And who is Cav riding for?

Manxland?!

Too hilly for Cav to be a contender.

posted by veseunr [281 posts]
17th September 2013 - 20:31

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Why not have it out? . . .Wiggo v. Froome . . . damn the team orders! Full speed ahead!

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posted by mike_ibcyclist [36 posts]
25th September 2013 - 8:46

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