Team Sky has announced Sir Bradley Wiggins will not start this year’s Tour de France. The defending champion has been taken out of running due to a knee injury after recovering from the illness he picked up at the Giro d’Italia.

Sir Dave Brailsford said in a press release; “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.”

“He hasn’t been able to train hard since the Giro and now he needs further rest. Whilst we all know these things happen in sport, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a huge disappointment for everyone in the team – and above all for Brad.”

“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 said; “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.

“I can’t train the way I need to train and I’m not going to be ready. Once you accept that, it’s almost a relief not having to worry about the injury and the race against time.

“I’ve been through this before, when I broke my collarbone, so I know how it works. I’ll get this sorted, set new goals for this season and focus on those.”

Wiggins had targetted the Giro d’Italia this season, but after a promising start he slipped back as he succumbed to illness. He eventually pulled out after stage 12, unable to compete in the terrible conditions as illness took hold.

Before the Giro had even started Wiggins had thrown a spanner in team Sky’s Tour preparation when he said he would like a shot at winning the Tour if he was selected. Although he admitted the decision was ultimately down to the team, he cast doubt on the original plan that he would work for Chris Froome after Froome had worked for him last year.

Wiggins’ statement drew a response from Froome who put out his own statement confirming the fact that he had been assured team leadership at the Tour. The withdrawal of Wiggins from Tour selection may see the loss of one of Sky’s strongest riders, but it does put to bed any questions over leadership.

On Wiggins’s current condition, Team Sky’s Doctor Richard Freeman said: “The chest infection that caused his withdrawal from the Giro has responded to treatment and rest. It has completely cleared up. However,

further medical investigations on the knee injury that we were managing

at the Giro showed the condition was more significant than we thought.”


needed intensive treatment and, whilst it will be fully resolved,

Bradley now needs to rest completely for five days before a gradual,

return to full training over a period of two to three weeks.”

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  • Sue Powdrill

    I am so sorry that Sir Bradley is out of the Tour, and commiserate with what must be a massive disappointment for him. I wish him well and a speedy recovery for his knee. I am equally disappointed at the negative remarks by so many people. It would always be unwise to embark on a gruelling three week race with an injury, particularly in a knee. It is not an excuse to avoid the clash of the sporting variety between him and Froome – that would be unprofessional, but an intelligent decision to avoid permanent damage that would surely end a career still at its peak. Best wishes to Wiggins – the season is not over yet! Next year’s Tour commencing in Yorkshire will be the one to win!

  • Ken Evans

    Wiggins is 33 years old, Froome is 28. Merckx had retired by the time he was 33. I fear Brad doesn’t have many years left at the top, to win more big races. This year’s Tour looks like it will have some fireworks, and ASO certainly doesn’t want any more doping scandals, after Armstrong. I think Sky will need to be at the top of their game for Froome to win, and be more of a team than they were at last year’s Vuelta.

  • gg/gg

    @dave smart Have you read the article on the Cycling News site?

  • Dave Smart

    Why this cynical assumption in the comments, that the “knee injury” is just an excuse? New in this year’s preparation, Brad has been squatting weights to build up his so-called ‘explosive’ acceleration on climbs. That’s a careless strategy and any injuries can be slow to heal or become chronic, because of the poor blood supply in joint tissues. Take care Bradley.

  • homer

    I’m sure there is some truth in the story. But there is more to it than that. Brad even at a few percent down could be a huge asset to any team, this in my opinion has more to do with internal politics.

  • Russell Williams

    It’s a real shame, in my opinion Bradley is still our (Britain’s) best all round tour rider by far and I’d loved to see him against Contador. Now with him out of the equation it’s a one horse race for Contador again in this years TDF.

  • William Hirst

    That sucks!

  • gg/gg

    Ooooh!!! It hurts I can’t get the numbers right. I’ll let Froome have the glory this year

  • borderfox

    Froomes Voodoo doll working over time

  • Stewart

    Sad that Sir Brad will not be in the TdF , but it does solve his dilemma of taking a road captains role for Froome. It would be difficult being defending champion knowing that you cannot defend as the team has a new leader. Froome deserves his chance he was a super domestic last year and his results have shown he has the form. Get well soon Bradley, the nation is still in awe of your achievements ! 🙂