Wiggo hints at Tour absence

Bradley Wiggins (25/1 Tour de France outright) admits he may not have the chance to challenge for Tour de France glory as Team Sky leader Chris Froome is still to decide on his final line-up.

The seven-time Olympic champion won the Grande Boucle in 2012 but missed out on the opportunity to defend his crown last year through injury.

However, despite his status as the reigning Yellow Jersey winner, Wiggins was unlikely to be in charge of the team in 2013 due to Froome’s superior climbing ability and the Kenyan-born rider justified the faith shown in him by the team as he won the three-week race by more than four minutes.

The Kenyan-born rider had been key to Wiggins’ victory, guiding him through the mountains and it was expected to be a case of roles reversed this time around, with the Londoner instead being billed as the faithful lieutenant.

‘Wiggo’ is currently on the verge of victory in the Tour of California and should anything happen to his colleague when the Tour gets underway on July 5, he would more than likely assume leadership duties.

The 34-year-old says he may now not be part of the race though, as Froome (11/8 favourite Tour de France outright) is yet to decide if he wants him as part of the nine-man team.

“It’s very much Chris’ team,” he said. “It depends on who he wants around him. We have such a deep team. I’ve been on the path for (Paris Roubaix) and this (Tour of California), and I haven’t really known what would come after this.”

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