Wiggins to race in Giro and Tour

Sir Bradley Wiggins is set to ride in the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2013, Team Sky have confirmed.

The reigning Tour de France champion will start his season at the Mallorca Challenge (3-6 February) before heading to the Tour of Oman (11-16 February).

Wiggins is expected to ride the Volta a Catalunya (18-24 March) and the Giro del Trentino in Italy (16-19 April).

He is also set to race in May’s Giro d’Italia and join Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome at the Tour de France.

Details of both riders’ schedule are still being finalised but Froome, who finished second behind Wiggins at last year’s Tour de France, is earmarked to start his season at the Tour of Oman.

The 27-year-old, who was born in Kenya, will head to Italy for the Tirreno-Adriatico (6-12 March) and also compete in the Criterium du Dauphine in France from 2-9 June – a warm-up for the Tour de France which runs from 29 June – 21 July.

Wiggins,

who has won the Dauphine in each of the last two seasons,

will begin his 2013 campaign on Spanish island Mallorca, which the Team Sky squad have used for winter training.

The Mallorca Challenge is a series of four one-day races and riders are allowed to compete in as many, or as few of the stages as they wish.

He then heads to the Middle East to race in Oman before travelling back to Europe for races in Spain and Italy which will serve as warm-ups for the Giro, which runs from 4-26 May.

Wiggins,

who has already stated that he is keen to add the Giro title to his Tour win, 

won the opening time trial at the 2010 race.

The Giro and Tour de France are two of the three major three-week races that make up the Grand Tours on the cycling calendar – the third being September’s Vuelta a Espana.

Seven riders have won the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in the same year: Italy’s Fausto Coppi (1949, 1952), France’s Jacques Anquetil (1964), Belgium’s Eddy Merckx (1970, 1972, 1974), France’s Bernard Hinault (1982, 1985), Ireland’s Stephen Roche (1987), Spain’s Miguel Indurain (1992, 1993) and Italy’s Marco Pantani (1998).

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/21189201

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