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Wiggins doubt for Tour de France

ESPN staff
May 31, 2013
Sir Bradley Wiggins has struggled to replicate his form of 2012 © Getty Images

Sir Bradley Wiggins' hopes of defending his Tour de France title are in jeopardy after the Team Sky rider has been forced to cut back his training following a knee injury.

Triple Olympic champion Wiggins, who pulled out of the Giro d'Italia through illness earlier in May, has an inflammation of his left knee which Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford confirmed had disrupted his training for the world's biggest cycling race.

"With these setbacks I can confirm that Brad cannot currently train properly and we are monitoring this situation carefully," Brailsford told the Guardian.

If fit for Le Tour, Wiggins will play second fiddle to Team Sky's Chris Froome, who finished runner-up to the Londoner in the hunt for the yellow jersey in 2012.

Wiggins, who also injured his right knee when falling on the descent to Pescara in Stage Seven of the Giro d'Italia, will miss the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday - a race which he won in preparation to the Tour last year.

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