Defending champ out
Team Sky says defending champion Bradley Wiggins will not race in this year’s Tour de France because of a knee problem. The British rider withdrew before the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia two weeks ago because of a chest infection. Team principal Dave Brailsford said “with illness, injury and treatment Brad has gone past the point where he can be ready for the Tour. It’s a big loss but, given these circumstances, we won’t consider him for selection.” Wiggins calls it a “huge disappointment.” He says he “desperately wanted be there, for the team and for all the fans along the way – but it’s not going to happen.” Wiggins became the first British rider to win the showcase race last year.