Froome not trying to ‘dig up past’

Tour de France champion Chris Froome does not think his recent autobiography has renewed tensions with Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Froome detailed the extent of his falling-out with both his team-mate and Team Sky during the 2012 Tour, which Wiggins won.

“I think people need to bear in mind that my book is by no means an attempt to dig up the past,” he told BBC Sport.

Tour de France in Britain

Stage One:

A 190km race from Leeds to Harrogate on Saturday, 5 July.

Stage Two:

A 200km stage from York to Sheffield on Sunday, 6 July.

Stage Three:

159km fromCambridge to London on Monday, 7 July before continuing in France.

“These issues were talked about and dealt with and it is in the past now.”

Froome, now 29, supported Wiggins in his

2012 Tour de France victory

and then

won himself last July

while his fellow Brit was injured and unable to take part.

The tensions between the two arose during the 2012 Tour when Froome appeared to disobey orders and put pressure on his team-mate with an attack during stage 11.

Wiggins, who is now 34, went on to win the Tour, but considered quitting the race and later upset Team Sky’s plans to make Froome team leader for the 2013 Tour, suggesting he would seek to defend his title.

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We rode around him and his moods like he was a traffic island

Chris Froome on Sir Bradley Wiggins

In his book, Froome accuses Wiggins of being “arrogant” in an interview he gave during that Tour when discussing Froome’s support role and, more generally, of hiding behind humour and a “gruff geezer cloak”.

“We rode around him and his moods like he was a traffic island,” says Froome.

Froome also claims that Team Sky principal Sir David Brailsford’s apparent unwillingness to

choose him over Wiggins

as team leader for the 2012 Tour made him doubt his future with the team.

He said: “This is my opportunity to set out what I think happened. You need to remember that this is all stuff that happened in 2012.”

Wiggins is hoping to ride in

this year’s Tour de France,

which starts in Yorkshire on 5 July.

But Froome suggested his appearance was by no means certain.

He said: “Bradley Wiggins’s role in the Tour de France is a decision the team needs to come to. Bradley has been talking about a supporting role.

“It is a hot topic who is going to be in the final nine selected. It comes down to what is best for the team, who is going to do the best for the dynamics of the team.”

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