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Wiggins 'withheld bonus for 14 months' from Froome

ESPN staff
November 28, 2013
Wiggins and Froome finished first and second at the 2012 Tour de France © PA Photos

Sir Bradley Wiggins withheld Chris Froome's bonus money for 14 months after winning the Tour de France, according to an exclusive report in The Times.

Tradition has long dictated that the Tour champion shares his earnings with his team-mates, but Wiggins left out Froome when making the payout after his 2012 victory.

It was only when Team Sky chief Sir Dave Brailsford intervened more than a year later that Wiggins paid Froome for his part.

Wiggins' victory earned him around £375,000 in prize money from Tour organiser ASO, as well as a £1 million bonus from Team Sky.

Speaking to The Times, Froome's fiancée and business manager Michelle Cound said: "People don't necessarily tell each other what bonus they have got. So we didn't know for sure what the situation was."

It was only when another team-mate, Richie Porte, told Froome that he had received a share of the winnings that Froome's concerns were confirmed.

"We didn't know what the other riders got," Cound said. "But Brad paid Chris nothing."

The revelations were originally reported in a new book, Inside Team Sky, by David Walsh, the journalist who spent the whole Tour within the team.

Cound added: "I don't believe Brad ever intended to pay Chris the bonus. I think the reason he did is because he knew it was coming out in the book. Brad paying Chris really doesn't mean that much. It's about a lot more than the sum of money."

Froome went on to emulate his compatriot, winning the 2013 Tour de France.

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