The 2012 Tour de France winner abandoned on stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire after spending much of the day at the back of the peloton

Sir Bradley Wiggins has abandoned the Tour de Yorkshire around 30km from the finish of stage one between Beverly and Settle, which was won by LottoNL-Jumbo rider Dylan Groenewegen.

The 2012 Tour de France winner came to the race with the intention of building his form towards the team pursuit at August’s Rio Olympics, but his abandonment will be a blow to both cycling fans and race organisers, who would have hoped to use his star power to build on the success of last year’s race.

Watch highlights of stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire

Wiggins was involved in a crash in the early kilometres of the race, spending much of the day at the rear of the peloton (you heard it here first!) and was dropped by the bunch as they reached the only categorised climb of the day, the Cote de Greenhow Hill, about 50km from the finish.

The former time trial world champion battled on for a few kilometres, but eventually climbed into the team car ahead of a rolling parcours at the end of the stage, evidently deciding his Olympic ambitions would be better served by rest and recovery over the Bank Holiday weekend.

  • BoldSeagull

    Wiggins TdF was won on the 2 time trials that year. Froome was certainly stronger in the mountains, but 2012 wasn’t a big climbing route anyway. Froome also committed one the the biggest taboos in the race – attacking your team mate in yellow. Froome can be given the benefit of the doubt given his inexperience, but still, you don’t attack yellow from within your own team.

  • GFK

    “Cote de Greenhow Hill” – oh, for goodness sakes’ – it’s “Greenhow Hill” … “Cote” implies hill anyway so calling it the “Cote de Greenhow Hill” is like saying the “Hill of Greenhow Hill” … unless you are using “Cote” in the sense of “coast” or “rib” …

  • harry

    Take it easy on the guy, he’s obviously not the loser that many of the comments suggest.

  • bowwow rapha

    Froom whoom did you get the inside out story? I’m no fan of Wigan’s, but at least put air your tyres before trying to beat our *ero, * = you decide, Z or H.

  • llos25

    Please get your facts correct before you use your mouth.

  • J1

    Spinning round at the back is pretty much what Brad does in road races these days, he comes out to sign autographs and take selfies mostly, there’s a bit of money involved too obviously. He was doing a Cummings yesterday, although they ended up in quite different positions!

  • Chumply Chummunderson

    There were rumours that he wasn’t going to turn up at all, but apparently they promised him a cake. Then it was just a case of: having to listen to Steve Cummings’ stage win stories on repeat in the wind and rain or delving into a fondant icing covered sponge in the toasty comfort of the car? No brainer really.

  • ummm…

    he obviously was about to get popped for a doping control. so he ran….. lol jk