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Wiggins out of Tour de France and on the move

ESPN staff
June 6, 2014
Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France in 2012 © Getty Images

Sir Bradley Wiggins is out on this year's Tour de France and has revealed he is likely to leave Team Sky when his contract expires at the end of 2014.

Wiggins, the 2012 champion, missed the event last year as his team-mate Chris Froome triumphed. However, despite winning the Tour of California in May, he has confirmed there is no place for him in the Tour de France, which begins on July 5.

"The team is focused around Froome, who has got a chance of winning his second Tour and it's been decided to base the team around him," Wiggins told BBC Breakfast. "I am gutted. I feel I am in the form I was two years ago."

Wiggins joined Team Sky at its inception six years ago, but Britain's maiden Tour de France champion admits he may have to leave if he wants to compete at the event again.

"Now if I want to go to the Tour again, the reality is that I might have to go elsewhere," he said. "I am considering all options [with regard to my future] but as things stand I do not have an offer from Sky [beyond this season]."

"Having missed the Tour again this year, I wouldn't like to leave it there," he added on BBC radio. "I'd love to go back at some point so there is the chance that I would go back to the Tour next year. As the defending champion Chris has a say in who he has around him, he has guys who go to all his build-up races and training camps throughout the year.

Wiggins considered quitting the Tour de France in 2012 when he was struggling and Froome appeared to disobey orders by pulling away on stage 12. Froome was called back but the incident caused the pair to fall out.

Froome has argued that Wiggins showed a sign of mental weakness when he decided to attack the leaders, saying: "He probably would argue he was on his limits physically but I felt it was more a mental thing that he switched off when he saw me going."

When asked whether Wiggins showed a sign of weakness, Froome replied: "Yes, it was to an extent."

Wiggins' place in the team was under threat after Froome suggested he would prefer Richie Porte to be his number two.

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