ROME, July 14, 2014 (AFP) – Bradley Wiggins has revealed he will be staying
at Team Sky next year and has given up any hope of riding the Tour de France
as a contender.
Speaking from Treviso where he was taking part in the Pinarello Marathon —
the bicycle manufacturer also supply Sky with their bikes — Wiggins admitted
his Tour days were probably numbered, even as a domestique.
And the first ever British Tour de France winner, in 2012, said he has
other goals now, including breaking the hour world record and winning
“It’s true, I’m thinking about it (the hour record). Not this year but I’ll
try next year,” he said.
“And I’ll do it on these (Pinarello) bikes because I’m going to stay at
Wiggins is coming to the end of his current contract at Sky and after he
was left off the team to ride this year’s Tour, there was speculation that he
would look for a ride elsewhere.
But instead he has simply decided to recalibrate his goals.
And one of those might be to ride the Giro d’Italia next year.
“If Sky don’t take me to the Tour, I’ll come here,” he said, although
stipulating he doesn’t expect to be riding for the overall victory.
“My time as a Grand Tour rider is over. Of course I’ll ride some more, but
not to win them,” he added.
Turning his attention to the current Tour, which his Sky teammate Chris
Froome has already abandoned, Wiggins backed Vincenzo Nibali to triumph over
Sky’s Richie Porte.
“Nibali is my favourite. If he rides like he did at last year’s Giro, if
he’s in that shape, I think he’ll be almost unbeatable.”
Wiggins was supposed to challenge Nibali for the Giro crown last year but
after a poor start in which he lost his nerve on some slippery, wet descents
and started giving up time to the Italian, he pulled out with illness.
He then also went on to miss the defence of his Tour title due to injury.