Injured Wiggins out of Swiss race

Sir Bradley Wiggins has withdrawn from the Tour of Switzerland through injury, less than three weeks before the start of the Tour de France.

The 34-year-old Briton

crashed in the final moments

of the race’s fourth stage on Tuesday.

“He’s suffered some bad bruising on the left side of his right thigh muscle, which is restricting his movement,” said Team Sky doctor Steve Baynes.

The Tour de France, won by Wiggins in 2012, starts in Yorkshire on 5 July.

Wiggins’s participation in the race is already in serious doubt after he told the BBC he would

not be competing “as things stand”.

Sir Bradley Wiggins speaking on BBC Breakfast

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Wiggins ‘gutted’ to miss Tour de France

The four-time Olympic gold medallist, who was absent from the race last year

as fellow Briton and Team Sky colleague Chris Froome triumphed,

claimed the team’s focus was again on Froome for 2014.

Wiggins’s crash on Tuesday occurred 28km from the end of the stage and left him with bruising and swelling to his right thigh.

Baynes added: “Having spoken to Brad, we felt the best plan of action would be to withdraw him from the race and fly him back to the UK.”

Wiggins will now switch his focus to the

National Road Championships

in Monmouthshire on 26 June.

“Ironically, I was the last man in the peloton, trying to stay out of trouble when it happened,” said Wiggins.

“They all slammed on the brakes ahead of me, but there was another rider riding full gas who rode straight into the back of me.

“I’ve got quite a lot of swelling on the left-hand side of my right knee. It’s one of those things – I’ve been pretty fortunate this year with crashes.

“I probably could have started today but it’s best to play it safe and come home now.

“I really want to try to be ready for the Nationals next Thursday, so I didn’t want to jeopardise that for the sake of pushing on and potentially doing more damage.”

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