Fausto Pinarello says he thinks that Bradley Wiggins will ride in the Giro d'Italia in May before taking on the Hour record in June

Bradley Wiggins could race his last Grand Tour at the Giro d’Italia in May as he prepares for the Hour record, according to Team Sky’s bike sponsor Fausto Pinarello

“I would not exclude Wiggins from the Giro. It’s useless to hide it, the Treviso/Valdobbiadene stage is our goal. We want to win it. And on this course, he’s untouchable,” Pinarello told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

“In June, Wiggins will attempt the Hour record. I know that the team is evaluating the idea of the being at the Giro because it would be a perfect base preparation and the time trial is the best test [for the hour record].”

Sky has yet to announce the 2015 schedule for Wiggins. The recent time trial World Champion and 2012 Tour de France winner said that he wants to return to the Paris-Roubaix classic and then focus on the hour record in June or July.

Pinarello explained that his company is working on material for Wiggins’ hour record at its headquarters in Treviso.

The British super team when contacted for this article told Cycling Weekly that it would decide the cyclists’ programmes at its December training camp or at another in January 2015. Wiggins, said the team, is not confirmed for the three-week Giro d’Italia from May 9 to 31.

Chris Froome said that he likes the Giro route, but could race the Tour de France, where he won in 2013, to avoid the bad weather and pollen that plagues Italy in May.

If Wiggins did race the Giro, he would have to stick around until the end of the second week as the time trial sits between the mountain stages in the Italy’s north. The 59.2-kilometre stage through the Prosecco hills is the longest time trial in six years, since 2009, when the organiser included a 60.6-kilometre time trial.

Wiggins’ last Grand Tour was the Giro d’Italia in 2013. He placed second to Alex Dowsett (Movistar) in the 54.8-kilometre time trial to Saltara and abandoned in the second week.

This week, he is training in Majorca, Spain, where Sky will meet for its team camp next week.

  • David Chadderton

    I do not see the connection between the Giro and the Hour record attempt. Ok, a super fit athlete will tackle anything on wheels, but being debilitated and having lost a lot of body weight, possibly muscle loss as well, from a 3 week Giro d’Italia can hardly be seen as preparation for a one hour track record attempt.
    How will the Giro organisers feel about their top race being treated as just training by a UK star?
    Well, I am no expert, so best wishes to Bradley for whatever he rides.
    50+km/h for an hour; wow, I am still attempting to reach 50 km/h on the Ballarat velodrome for any length of time. Others can do it, so there is nothing wrong with the track, must be me.