LONDON, March 06, 2014 (AFP) – Former Tour de France champion Bradley
Wiggins believes that Team Sky will look to launch a women’s team in the near
Wiggins currently funds the Wiggle Honda team, home to Britain’s current or
former world champions Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor
Lotto-Belisol and Orica-GreenEDGE have already set up stand-alone women’s
teams and Wiggins believes that Sky could be set to follow suit.
“I think it’s the next logical step in terms of where we are coming from
and what we are focused on,” he told Thursday’s edition of British newspaper
The Independent. “We’ve certainly got the bodies for it.
“I think the only danger with it is that they become this incredibly super
squad, with a great budget and great riders, and then you’ve got the worst
women’s team on the circuit too and the void is huge… it becomes a financial
competition rather than an athletic one.”
The 2014 Tour de France will feature a women’s race alongside the
traditional men’s finale on the Champs Elysees in Paris and Wiggins believes
it could prove to be a significant breakthrough.
“There’s been a lot of talk about that since the (London 2012) Olympics,
but two years have gone by and I don’t think we’re any further forward in
terms of a few people saying a few things,” said the 2012 Tour champion.
“This is the first thing of note of somebody big putting their money where
their mouth is. It’s a huge step forward.”