Well that’s certainly one way of solving the Wiggins-Froome rivalry issues at Team Sky. Sir Bradley has been booted off the Tour de France squad more than three weeks before the start in Corsica due to injury.
He had a virus and had to quit the Giro d’Italia for fear of it turning into a chest infection that could wreck his Tour preparation. Then a knee problem was mentioned last week that meant he needed to miss five days’ training. Now team boss Dave Brailsford says that Wiggins won’t be good enough to ride.
It’s a crying shame. The last time a reigning Tour champion, who hadn’t retired, or was serving a ban was denied the chance to defend his title was Stephen Roche back in 1988.
Riders miss a lot more than five days’ training when they break collar bones and can be back to racing within five to six weeks. Just how unfit would Wiggo really have been? Even at 80 per cent, wouldn’t he still have been the third best rider at Sky after Froome and Richie Porte? And let’s not forget that the fourth stage is a team time trial. Who wouldn’t want Wiggins leading that train as he did so successfully in the recent Giro?
Without top form he certainly wouldn’t challenge for a podium place but then that was never meant to be the plan anyway. This year it’s Froome’s turn. The simple truth is Sky just don’t want Bradley at the Tour.
This article was first published in the June 6 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!