Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas says that he does not envy Sir Dave Brailsford in having to make the decision to leave 2012 Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins out of this year’s race.
Thomas, who recently revealed he was in talks with other teams about a potential move, has also disclosed he is likely to remain with the British WorldTour outfit.
Sir Bradley Wiggins says he is "gutted" at the prospect of missing this year's Tour de France, which starts in Yorkshire four weeks tomorrow. Wiggins, who in 2012 became the first Briton to win cycling's biggest race, told BBC Breakfast that "as things stand" he will not be at the start in Leeds - a situation that will change only if illness or injury prevents defending champion Chris Froome from racing.
Sir Bradley Wiggins has been left out of Team Sky’s squad for the Critérium du Dauphiné, where Chris Froome will defend the title he won last year, fuelling speculation that Wiggins will not make its line-up for the Tour de France which starts in Leeds on 5 July.
Instead Wiggins, who has said he would be prepared to play a supporting role to defending champion Froome in the Tour de France, will lead Team Sky at the Tour de Suissse, which overlaps with the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Chris Froome insists that tensions between himself and Sir Bradley Wiggins are in the past – just a week after extracts of his autobiography published in The Sunday Times revealed the extent of his frustration at having to play a supporting role to his Sky team mate during the 2012 Tour de France.
To mark 100 days to go until the Tour of Britain sets out on September 7 from Liverpool toward a finale in London eight days later, race organisers have released a video to help get everyone excited.
Featuring great footage from last year’s race, won by Bradley Wiggins, the video dwells on the glorious scenery that race passes through. It may not be the Alps, but only someone with no soul could could deny the beauty of the green hills of Britain.
Britain’s first Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins, “is definitely a rider who would fit into” the Orica-GreenEDGE team, says the Australian squad’s head sports director Matt White.
Chris Froome says he came close to leaving Team Sky in late 2011, and has laid bare the tensions within Team Sky during the 2012 Tour de France, where he finished as runner-up to team mate Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Froome, who succeeded Wiggins as Tour de France champion last July, is also critical of Sky team principal Sir Dave Brailsford in extracts published in The Sunday Times from his autobiography, The Climb.
Sir Bradley Wiggins believes his victory in last week’s Amgen Tour of California can help restore cycling’s credibility in the eyes of the American public in the post-Lance era.
The Team Sky rider, who in 2012 became the first British winner of the Tour de France, also says that achievement now sits more easily on his shoulders and he is now enjoying his role as one of the “elder statesmen of the peloton.”
A sculpture of Sir Bradley Wiggins is to be unveiled next week in Kilburn, northwest London. In 2012, Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour de France and followed that up with his fourth Olympic gold medal less than a fortnight later.
Sir Bradley Wiggins, who less than two years ago became the first British rider to win the Tour de France, has admitted he may not ride in this year’s race. Former Team Sky coach Shane Sutton, whom Wiggins has described as a “father figure,” has also expressed doubts about whether the 2012 yellow jersey winner will be in Yorkshire for the Grand Départ of the 101st edition of the race in July as Chris Froome looks to retain his title.