Bradley Wiggins ruled out of the Tour de France

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Bradley Wiggins ruled out of the Tour de France

Post by Guest on Fri 31 May 2013, 4:37 pm

From BBC Sport:
Team Sky announces that defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has been ruled out of this year's Tour de France due to illness and injury.

A statement from Team Sky on Bradley Wiggins said: "Two weeks ago, a worsening chest infection caused his withdrawal from the Giro d'Italia and he returned home for treatment, rest, and further assessment of an ongoing knee condition.

"During his period of treatment and recovery he has been unable to train with any intensity and he will not be able to race at this month's Criterium du Dauphine or Tour de Suisse."

Team Principal of Team Sky, Sir Dave Brailsford, said: "With illness, injury and treatment Brad has gone past the point where he can be ready for the Tour. It's a big loss but, given these circumstances, we won't consider him for selection."

"It's incredibly sad to have the reigning champion at Team Sky but not lining up at the Tour. But he's a champion, a formidable athlete and will come back winning as he has before."

Sir Bradley Wiggins added: "It's a huge disappointment not to make the Tour. I desperately wanted be there, for the team and for all the fans along the way - but It's not going to happen.

"This team has so many riders in great shape, ready for selection and we set incredible standards for performance which shouldn't be compromised. We need to have the best chance to win."

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Post by MtotheC's Wrasslin Biatch on Fri 31 May 2013, 4:49 pm

Rolling Eyes Some champion. Lance Armstrong won it recovering from cancer

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Re: Bradley Wiggins ruled out of the Tour de France

Post by alfie on Fri 31 May 2013, 6:18 pm

A pity Wiggins won't have a chance to defend...at least it clears up any doubt about Sky's plans now , Froome is their undisputed leader.

I was afraid after he was forced out of the Giro that this might happen , and it will be a big disappointment for both Wiggins and the Tour.
But no sense in killing himself if he's not fit.

Always next year...

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Post by JDizzle on Fri 31 May 2013, 7:22 pm

Shame. Always like to see the champion defend his crown and it takes away a little bit from the 100th Tour that the defending champion won't be there. Right decision though, if he can get to full fitness for the Vuelta.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Fri 31 May 2013, 7:46 pm

No point turning up if he ain't gonna be fit, might not even get over the knee stuff before it!

As JDizzle says will probably do the Vuelta now all being well
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