Wiggins’ anxious Tour de France wait

Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins admits there are doubts about his place in this year’s Tour de France.

Champion in 2012, he missed last year’s race as Team Sky team-mate

Chris Froome took the title.

Wiggins expects Froome to lead the team again and says the champion will have a major say who rides with him.

Wiggins wins


Olympic golds:

2008 individual and team pursuit, 2004 individual pursuit

Olympic silver:

2004 team pursuit

Olympic bronzes:

2004 madison and 2000 team pursuit

World golds:

2008 madison, individual and team pursuit; 2007 individual and team pursuit; 2003 individual pursuit

World silvers:

2003, 2001 and 2000 team pursuit

World bronze:

2002 team pursuit


Olympic gold:

2012 time trial

World silvers:

2013 and 2011 time trial

Tour de France:

2012 winner

Tour of Britain:

2013 winner

The 33-year-old says he is not an automatic choice, adding: “One thing this team has is a lot of strength in depth, particularly in the mountains.”


finishing ninth in the gruelling Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday,

Wiggins accepts there is uncertainty about his future given the of recent comments of Shane Sutton, British Cycling’s technical director.

Sutton told the Independent 

newspaper that Team Sky had a lot of faith in Froome’s ability and would put the “best riders available on the grid” for Froome to win the Tour again, adding: “I’m not sure whether Brad is going to be on that list.”

Wiggins responded: “I’ll do everything possible to try and be there but, as Shane Sutton said, it is Chris’s team and he’ll have a big say in who he puts around him and who he’s confident having in front of him in the mountains.

“I would love to be there. I’ve proved I’ve got the legs at the moment and I’m coming to where I need to be now, if I can just push on.”

Wiggins suffered a disastrous 2013,

pulling out of the Giro d’Italia

because of illness and then

missing the defence of his Tour de France title because of injury.

He will compete for England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a week after the Tour.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/27019944

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