Bradley Wiggins has withdrawn from the 2013 Giro d’Italia after suffering from a lingering chest infection, the Sky team confirmed on Friday morning. He will not start stage 13 after the team sought medical advice on Wiggins’ condition.

Wiggins struggled in the severe weather conditions on Thursday’s stage 12. Despite the flat nature of the route, he lost over three minutes to the peloton including race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and second-placed Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) – ending his chances of winning the race.

“We monitored Bradley overnight and this morning we’ve withdrawn him from the Giro after consulting the team doctor,” Sky team principal David Brailsford said in a statement. “His chest infection has been getting worse and our primary concern is always the health of our riders.

“Bradley will return to the UK today for treatment and to rest and we hope to have him back on the road as soon as possible.

“As a passionate racer he wanted to continue but he is simply unable to do so on medical grounds.”

Rigoberto Uran will now resume Sky team leadership. The Colombian currently sits third overall behind race leader Nibali and Evans.

Defending Giro champion Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) and sprinter Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) also withdrew from the race and will not start stage 13.

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Stage 11: Navardauskas wins as favourites enjoy day off

Stage 10: Uran wins as Wiggins and Hesjedal lose time

Stage nine: Belkov takes solo win as Wiggins put under pressure

Stage eight: Dowsett wins as Nibali takes race lead

Stage seven: Wiggins crashes as Hansen wins

Stage six: Cavendish wins stage six of Giro

Stage five: Degenkolb avoids crash to take win

Stage four: Battaglin sprints to first Giro stage win

Stage three: Paolini takes charge

Stage two: Sky wins team time trial

Stage one: Cavendish wins opener

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Photos by Graham Watson

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  • borderfox

    something i noticed this year both Wiggo & Froome suffer when its cold & wet are they too thin

  • George Cozens

    Well done Brad…all the knockers(and there were plenty) should eat their words! See the day out no matter how hard and not quit on your bike! RESPECT…get well soon!!

  • Colnago dave

    Sad News indeed but I wonder how Froome is feeling this morning as I guess if Brad is back on form for the TDF he will be hard to keep in check.

  • Sue Bates

    Get well soon Brad. We are all proud of you for battling on this week whilst unwell. You will soon be back.