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Wiggins to ride Tour of Britain instead of Vuelta a Espana

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Cycling News
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July 15, 2013, 14:40,
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July 15, 2013, 15:41
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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, July 15, 2013
Bradley Wiggins celebrates his 2012 Tour de France win.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates his 2012 Tour de France win.

  • Bradley Wiggins celebrates his 2012 Tour de France win.
  • Bradley Wiggins used the time trials of the 2012 Tour de France to forge his overall victory
  • Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) signs on
  • Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was in a good mood after his Giro d'Italia win

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Nibali to lead Astana in Vuelta

Bradley Wiggins is set to ride the Tour of Britain rather than the Vuelta a España as he prepares for his principal end-of-season target of a gold medal in the World Time Trial Championship. According to a report in Marca, the 2012 Tour de France champion has committed to his national tour, which begins on 15 September, the same day that the Vuelta finishes in Madrid.

Wiggins last rode the Vuelta in 2011, finishing third behind Juan José Cobo and Sky teammate Chris Froome. Sky have acknowledged they did consider the Vuelta as an option for Wiggins as he builds towards the Worlds, but may have been deterred by the extremely mountainous nature of the route, which features only one individual time trial of 38 kilometres.

Wiggins has not raced since abandoning the Giro d’Italia with a knee injury in mid-May. He is slated to return to competition on July 27 at the Tour of Poland.

Meanwhile, 2010 Vuelta and 2013 Giro champion Vincenzo Nibali will return to Spain’s national tour with a very strong Astana line-up. Team director Giuseppe Martinelli has confirmed to Spanish news agency EFE that Nibali will be backed by Italians Paolo Tiralongo, Alessandro Vanotti and Valerio Agnoli, and Kazakhstani Andrey Zeits. Slovene Jani Brajkovic will also start assuming a full recovery from the knee injury that forced him to quit the Tour de France during its first week. Martinelli is also considering taking Jakob Fuglsang to the Vuelta, although the Dane’s participation will depend on how well he comes out of the Tour, where he currently lies seventh on GC.

Steven Nicholson More than 1 year ago
no surprise even though there's only one 16km ITT in the ToB, everyone knows either Porte or Uran will lead sky in the Vuelta.
loge1884 More than 1 year ago
I wonder if we'll ever see Sir Wiggins in a GT again ....
kdogg64 More than 1 year ago
It will be tough, as last year's TDF course and lack of strong competitors made it a perfect storm for a rider like Wiggo.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
He's done (forgive the poor grammar:-) But there's no shame in it. He's done it all. Accomplished it all. Been racing forever. He's tired. To win, regardless of your level, takes an effort that requires a force of the mind. The moment you lose just an ounce of that burning passion, you're done (please forgive me again:-) Time for Wiggo to rest, enjoy his memories, his family, and his life of wealth and luxury. He's earned it.
gospina More than 1 year ago
Henao believes he will lead. Uran will be 'standby' due to the fact that he is leaving the team (no points for Sky). Porte is up in the air
Peter von More than 1 year ago
Do you really think SKY will have any problems with their ValuePoints total? Even if Wiggins finds a new team, Froomes points total alone should put them in the top 15. Henao might get the Vuelta because they need to keep him on the team if Porte desides to go for the giro in 2014, but if Porte recovers well from the Tour he might lead the team in Spain with Henao in a free role so he could step in if Porte suffers from Tour-fatigue later on like Froome did last year.
martinvickers More than 1 year ago
It makes much more sense to reward Henao's loyalty. Uran got his GC in the end in the giro. He got runner up. Well done. But he's not the future of the team. Henao might be. Either Henao as leader, or number two to porte. Froome to World's
chrishent More than 1 year ago
Dunno about Porte leading. He might be cooked after the Tour. Team Sky kind of tried this last year, having Froome lead after the Tour and the Olympics. The result was him getting fourth place, more than 8 minutes behind a trio of riders who he is now schooling in the Tour: Contador, Valverde and Purito. With Urán most likely leaving, it would make more sense to have Henao lead, with maybe Urán as a backup plan and good support from JTL, Kiryenka, Cataldo, Dombrowski, etc these dudes are Sky are just loaded, aren't they?
Brett_Handley More than 1 year ago
Porte has already been unofficially confirmed by Sky that he'll lead at the Giro so next year so highly doubt he'll lead this years Vuelta if at all. Will be Uran and Henao and see who it pans out better for.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
I guess that we won't see Wiggins in the TdF, but maybe the Giro or Vuelta, but even there his avoidance of the mountains, are they because he needs to build up his knee, or are because his climbing never has been great? He is a great ITT rider, I think he could enjoy great success at the Worlds, but they will be hotly contested, Tony Martin in the ITT, and with national teams in the road race, if Froome is still in form I think he will want the rainbow stripes. Will cause dissention within team GB
Peter von More than 1 year ago
I would think Wiggins might change team and go for the Tour again in 2014, if he can find the motivation for another go at the GC, he might also accept a new role as team SKYs number two in the Tour, take the cash and some wins in smalle races with time trials
Downtown Rider More than 1 year ago
id like to see wiggo go for the hour record with fabien
colnago200 More than 1 year ago
He needs to win both his goals to salvage his season!
nightfend More than 1 year ago
I thought he retired or something by now...
Mark Schwitau More than 1 year ago
Just watched some old video of him climbing in earlier tours. He is not that bad of a climber. He finishes high and can hold his own. Not at the level of Froome right now .... But certainly not a snail.
RodrigoDaBici More than 1 year ago
It will be interesting to see if Nibali really will go for the overall GC, or if the Worlds in Florence is the bigger aim. Reading Bicisport this month it seems the Worlds holds the greater allure for him, especially with it being on home soil and with a course far tougher than we've seen for a few years. Agnoli is highly likely to be included for the Italian team, with Paolo Bettini saying that Nibali will get to take at least two of his Astana gregari, which looks likely to either be his longtime roomate Vanotti, or Aru. Tiralongo may push himself into the picture with a good showing at the Vuelta, but he's having one of those seasons where if anything could go wrong, it has gone wrong and I don't see Bettini taking a punt on him.
orbeas More than 1 year ago
With Wiggins saying he will ride the Worlds TT, where does this leave Froome and National Champion Alex Dowsett >> sure GB only has 2 riders ??
Rob Alan More than 1 year ago
Guess it depends on the course. But I would back Froome and Wiggins as UK's two best TTers. They never ride the national championships which makes it pretty straight forward for Dowsett. And Dowsett only won the Giro TT due to a Wiggins mechanical. But I doubt Froome will ride it.
Andrea Cerri More than 1 year ago
Really a sad and quick decline. I thought he had more guts...I know he'd won much on track but, honestly, in road racing his palmares is far from exceptional. This surrender seems moreover a bit out of character...we will see maybe he just need to change team.
BigFatCoward More than 1 year ago
outside of contador can you name a current rider with a signifcantly better palmares?