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Report: Wiggins to miss Tour de France?

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May 31, 2013, 08:46,
May 31, 2013, 10:29
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, May 31, 2013
Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) kept in touch until the final few moments

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) kept in touch until the final few moments

  • Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) kept in touch until the final few moments
  • Bradley Wiggins conceded more time on stage 12

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Illness and injury put participation in doubt

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) could miss the Tour de France, according to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport and the Daily Mail on Friday. The defending Tour champion withdrew from the Giro d’Italia ahead of stage 13 citing a chest infection and a knee injury.

Wiggins will not ride the Critérium du Dauphiné, which gets underway on Sunday, and the Daily Mail reports that he is “making slow progress” in his bid to recover from the ailments that cut short his Giro bid. Gazzetta dello Sport points to Wiggins’ troublesome knee, in particular, as hampering his progress. The Englishman was said to be afflicted by tendonitis in his left knee during the Giro.

"With these setbacks I can confirm that Brad cannot currently train properly and we are monitoring this situation carefully," Sky manager Dave Brailsford told The Guardian on Friday morning.

Prior to the Giro, there had been speculation that Wiggins would race the Route du Sud [June 13-16] as his final preparation race for the Tour, but after he failed to finish the Italian race, it was assumed that his pre-Tour tune-up would take place at the Dauphiné or the Tour de Suisse [June 8-16].

A spokesperson for Sky told the Daily Mail that the Tour de Suisse team will be announced early next week and that no decision has been taken on the Tour de France squad.

Chris Froome, second overall last year, is set to lead Sky’s Tour team after an impressive opening to the 2013 season that has seen him capture the Tour of Oman, Critérium International and Tour de Romandie.

Although Wiggins had spoken of aiming for a Giro-Tour double at a press conference in early May, Dave Brailsford confirmed shortly afterwards that Froome would indeed be the leader in July.

romanmgreen More than 1 year ago
GreaseMonster More than 1 year ago
Bro's cracked.
nesocip More than 1 year ago
Seems his numbers aint good
wigvelo More than 1 year ago
Not good. Wiggins love him or hate him , he has done a lot for cycling esp. in the U.K. Looks like this is going to be a bad year for him, I really hope he can get back to his best.
Peter von More than 1 year ago
Yeah, but the Vuelta might still be possible with Nibali more focused on the Worlds and many of the Spanniards tired from le Tour Wiggins could stand a real chance in Spain and he can then go for the Rainbow(TT). I hope he get's better soon enough to salvage some of his season evenhough i rooted for Nibali in the Giro i get no satisfaction from seeing Wiggo loose due to illness just as he was regaining some confidence on the descents, ok Nibali probably still would have won, but there's no way i can claim that with any real certainty.
Pedal Pusher More than 1 year ago
Yep the only way he can win La Vuelta is if most of the top 10 GC riders don't ride, if he has he sky train tow him up the big mountains, if it doesn't rain too much., it there's not many tricky descents and if there are at least 2 favourable ITT's.
Dan Vella More than 1 year ago
Have you seen the parcours for this years Vuelta, mental, even by Vuelta standards - not a race for Wiggins esp. with Nibali there.
LanterneVerte More than 1 year ago
true, very steep and only one ITT which is hilly. valverde seemed to do alright at vuelta ast year after riding a decent tdf.....
ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
are you crazy even WIGGINS in top form would never been able too challenge NIBALI no way you must be dreaming was not the FRENCH TOUR or they give it too him the GIRO this year was more hard the FRENCH TOUR?so?
DirtyWorks More than 1 year ago
Has done a lot for cycling in the U.K. Do you know the last time that phrase was used? Armstrong. Is it true? Is there more racing? Is there more participants? Are domestic pros making a living wage? There's probably a few more viewers. Monetizing the sport at the very top through increased viewers. is probably the goal. Note well, the athlete's welfare is of no concern.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
I've tried to say this myself and gotten a shellacking. Armstrong increased cycling immensely in the USA resulting in great sales of bikes and gear, Wiggins winning when the Olympics' were in Britain did the same in the U.K. I'm not saying he's not a talented rider, I just don't believe in his fairy tale year. It's why the UCI 'overlooked the warning signs of LA doping' because the money of the increased coverage and sales in the US were more important than all the points DirtyWorks has brought up. I think at the UCI it's money and what's best for them that rules.
DrBigRing More than 1 year ago
And so it begins . . . with Team Sky planting the seeds that will lead to Wiggins not appearing at the TDF. Skeptics may say this is to avoid the leadership drama with Froome. Can't see both on the same team next season.
DirtyWorks More than 1 year ago
Even without Wiggins, they've got three(?) TdF podium contenders.
Lance, remember Bassons? More than 1 year ago
I'm sure the "Wingo" winers and "Sky haters" will write their little sniping comments. But even they cant deny that BW not being at the Tour - and on form - will be a shame, whatever your motives.
happytramp More than 1 year ago
Well as an official 'Wiggo' winer and 'Sky hater' I'd be pretty disappointed if he's not there. Would certainly have added to the drama, especially if we are in for three weeks of the dreaded 'Sky Train'
C-1949 More than 1 year ago
With Contodor there the Sky Train ail be under control. Wiggo got caught up in his own head game and has lost.... We will see a great tour if LA doesn't decide to make it his platform to finally open his mouth...
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Sorry to burst your illusions, but I think Wiggins not appearing in this years TdF will not be a factor on who is on the top step of the podium. From May talk of a Giro, TdF double to ZERO results this year. The fairy tale of 2012 is over, reality sets in.
Lance, remember Bassons? More than 1 year ago
Did I say anything about Podium, no. and my illusions aren't burst you tool.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
I don't know where you are from, but I didn't mean to insult. Maybe it's time to relax with a tea or coffee or go for a walk in the park or whatever reduces your stress level (which may mean your post...LOL). Yes, at times I can be a tool, but I don't think I was much of one there, a little heavy on the sarcasm I could buy. Sorry.
Jeff41 More than 1 year ago
Porte to lead Team Sky for TDF next year !
Pedal Pusher More than 1 year ago
Yes perhaps this was the reason why Porte signed fr a further 2 years. Sky realise that Wiggins is far from being their strongest GC rider.
Jeff41 More than 1 year ago
Got a few 250/1 vouchers for Porte for next year TDF I think the bookie might have made a mistake there but very early days on that one.
Dan Vella More than 1 year ago
Good call!
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
agreed, much better chance than w/Wiggins
Jajabeers More than 1 year ago
If this is true the Vuelta looks a good prospect as he'll go up against Nibali
belter More than 1 year ago
Most likely is his numbers are not good as his 'programme' this year has not worked and they don't know what to do about it. Better to not start than to get his but kicked and not make the podium. I wonder if this means Chris will also not have good form as he presumably has the same 'provider'?
Pedal Pusher More than 1 year ago
Naw...his weaknesses have been well and truly exposed and its doubtful he'll ever win a Grand Tour again and perhaps not even get on the podium
cyclo1964 More than 1 year ago
the curse of bbc sports personality of the year award