MILAN, March 22, 2014 (AFP) – Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins
and his Sky team have decided to withdraw the Olympic champion from the Tour
of Catalonia which starts Monday, the British team announced on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Englishman, who won the 2012 Tour as well as the Olympic
time-trial gold medal, has set his sights on the upcoming Paris-Roubaix
one-day classic on April 13.
Wiggins, who also won Olympic gold in the individual pursuit in 2004 and
2008 as well as the 2008 team pursuit, will take part in only one race, the
Grand Prix of Escault on April 9, before turning his attentions to the
“We have modified the program to assure our progress,” explained Wiggins.
“After talking with my coaches, we have decided that it would be better to
have two weeks of intensive training before coming back for the
Paris-Roubaix,” added Wiggins.
Wiggins, who was succeeded by compatriot and Sky teammate Chris Froome as
Tour de France champion in 2013, will also take part in the Tour of California
in May before the Criterium du Dauphine in June, a race he won in 2011 and