Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

FILE - In this Sunday, July 22, 2012 file photo, Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race, looks back on the podium in Paris, France. (Laurent Cipriani/AP)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 22, 2012 file photo, Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race, looks back on the podium in Paris, France. (Laurent Cipriani/AP)

Bradley Wiggins rules himself out of the Tour de France Add to ...

Bradley Wiggins has ruled himself out of participating in the Tour de France after the 2012 champion hinted that Team Sky are unlikely to select him in their squad, the Briton said on Friday.

“Right now, I think I can tell you that I will not ride the Tour de France,” Wiggins told France sports daily L’Equipe after he was overlooked for the Dauphine Librere, a key Tour warmup event in southeastern France.

“I was ready to go. But in the last weeks, it has become clear that unless something happens to (Chris) Froome at the Dauphine, I will not ride the Tour. That’s it.”

Fellow Briton Froome won the Tour last year And is favourite to repeat the triumph in the July 5-27 race that starts in Yorkshire.

Wiggins said he discussed the situation with team manager Dave Brailsford two days ago.

“He said that if Froome got injured... I could help Richie Porte, for instance,” Wiggins recalled.

Wiggins, who will instead ride in the Tour of Switzerland, added he could leave the team to further his ambitions of riding in the Tour again.

“If I want to do the Tour, I will probably have to leave Sky.”

Follow us on Twitter: @Globe_Sports

 

In the know

Most popular video »

Highlights

More from The Globe and Mail

Most Popular Stories