Wiggins Could Still Target Tour de France Defense

LONDON, Dec 13, 2012 (AFP) – Bradley Wiggins says he is likely to defend
his Tour de France title after all next year despite previously nominating the
Giro d’Italia as his main objective for 2013.

The 32-year-old Olympics time-trial gold medalist became the Tour’s first
British winner last July, with Team Sky colleague Chris Froome second.

At October’s launch of next summer’s 100th Tour Wiggins intimated May’s
Tour of Italy would be his priority, leaving the way clear for Froome to lead
Sky’s Tour assault.

But on Thursday Wiggins told BBC Radio Five: “I don’t know what the
situation is in terms of leadership, as it stands I’m probably going to try
and win a second Tour de France.

“I don’t know, maybe we’ll have two leaders, which is more than likely I
guess. How that’s going to work with the team I don’t know, that’s more (Team
Sky general manager) Dave Brailsford’s problem to worry about.”

He added: “It’s just how we service both mouths. Like I said that’s more a
problem for Dave to figure out, but my goal is to win the Tour next year.

“Whether that is realized or not I don’t know really, we’re still in this
planning phase at the moment, deciding each race, what we’re going to do next
year, how we are going to go about training to do that.

“Whether I do the Tour of Italy before it, as I’ve said that is still
undecided. All will be revealed in the coming months I guess.”

If Froome is chosen to lead Team Sky, Wiggins insists he will support his

“Oh yeah, I wouldn’t be on the start line if not,” he said.

“Whatever the team strategy is we all support that, otherwise you don’t
take the start line because there’ll be somebody else that is willing to
fulfill that job.

“It’s a case of you do what’s asked of you on the day, whatever that
decision is.”

Last month Wiggins was admitted to hospital after being hit by a car while
riding his bike near his family home in Lancashire.

He suffered broken ribs and a wrist injury in the accident in which he was
thrown from his bike by a car pulling out of a petrol station.