Sir Dave Brailsford says that it will be logic not emotion that will determine Team Sky’s line-up at the Tour de France, which starts in Leeds a week on Saturday, but admits that striking a balance between choosing a winning team and keeping fans happy is “terrifically difficult.”
Tinkoff-Saxo team manager Bjarne Riis says that Sky are making a “huge mistake” not taking Sir Bradley Wiggins to the Tour de France – and has warned defending champion Chris Froome that Alberto Contador is in the best shape he’s been since joining the team in 2011.
Many of Britain’s top male and female road cyclists will descend on South Wales later this month when Abergavenny hosts the 2014 National Road Championships. Stars appearing include defending champions Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armitstead in the road races, and Alex Dowsett and Joanna Rowsell in the time trial.
Last year in Glasgow and Ayrshire, the championships combined the time trials and road races for the first time, a format that will be repeated in Monmouthshire this year.
Sir Dave Brailsford says it is he, and not Chris Froome, who will decide the composition of the Team Sky line-up for next month’s Tour de France – and adds that Sir Bradley Wiggins may still be chosen for the race.
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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.