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Brailsford has no regrets over not selecting Wiggins

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
July 10, 2014, 14:51 BST,
Updated:
July 10, 2014, 14:59 BST
Edition:
Third Edition Cycling News, Thursday, July 10, 2014
Race:
Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

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Team Sky boss back Porte for Tour de France GC

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford has said he has no regrets about not selecting Bradley Wiggins for the Tour de France as a possible plan B in case Chris Froome was unable to defend his title.

With Froome crashing out of the Tour on stage five, Richie Porte is now Team Sky's team leader, while Wiggins – the 2012 Tour winner - is training on the track in Manchester for the Commonwealth Games later in July.

Wiggins was overlooked despite showing impressive form in May when he won the Tour of California and despite offering to work for Chris Froome.

"If he (Wiggins) was considered as the plan B, we would have selected him. Richie Porte is our plan B and we selected a team based on the facts at the time and that's how it panned out," Brailsford told journalists before the start of stage in Arras.

"I take full responsibility for it and that's part of my job. I stand by them and get judged by them and everybody else can decide if they're good decision or bad decisions. But my job is to make the decisions and I'll continue to put my neck on the line and make the decisions. That's what this job is about and the day I don’t do that is the day I leave."

Brailsford refused to say if Froome and Wiggins will ride the Vuelta a Espana or the Tour of Britain. That decision will be made after a better assessment of Froome's injuries and Wiggins' form after the Commonwealth Games.

 

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