LONDON, June 08, 2014 (AFP) – Team Sky chief David Brailsford on Sunday
insisted he has yet to decide on his Tour de France squad despite claims from
former champion Bradley Wiggins that he will not be selected.
Wiggins won the Tour in 2012 but doesn’t expect to ride alongside team-mate
and defending champion Chris Froome when the race gets underway in Yorkshire
on July 5.
The 34-year-old is reported to have a strained relationship with Froome and
on Friday he said he wouldn’t feature in Team Sky’s nine-man team “as it
Wiggins appeared to suggest Froome was playing a part in selecting the
squad, but Brailsford was quick to make it clear he alone will decide the fate
of his riders.
“Despite the impression that might have been created, the team is not yet
finalised,” he told the Sunday Times.
“I will be the one making the decision on who is in that team.
“The riders can offer an opinion but they don’t select the team and they
“We knew from last year that my job was to build a team around Chris Froome
because he’s the rider most likely to win this year’s Tour de France.
“Trust and harmony are important considerations and it is a difficult
“I’m not just talking about the harmony between Chris and Brad, but harmony
amongst all the riders and staff.”
Wiggins won the Tour of California last month and finished ninth in the
Paris-Roubaix race in April.
But Froome will lead a Sky’s team at Criterium du Dauphine, which starts on
Sunday and acts as the main warm-up event for the Tour, while Wiggins was left
out and instead competes in the Tour of Switzerland.
The first signs of cracks in their relationship emerged during the 2012
Tour when Kenyan-born Froome appeared to disobey orders and put pressure on
team-mate Wiggins with an attack during stage 11.
Both riders subsequently claimed they had settled their differences, yet
Froome sparked more disharmony last week with his new autobiography, The
Climb, which referred to Wiggins in 2012 and said: “We rode around him and his
moods like he was a traffic island.”