Sir Bradley Wiggins wants to ride in the 2014 Tour de France in support of Chris Froome
The 2012 Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins says he hopes to ride in the race again next year.
Wiggins had to pull out of this year’s edition of the great race after illness had forced him out of the Giro d’Italia and it has been speculated that he may not ride in cycling’s biggest stage race again.
But Wiggins says he hopes that is not the case, although he accepts that his Team Sky colleague Chris Froome is entitled to lead the team after his very impressive victory in this year’s Tour.
Wiggins said: “He’s earned that right now, to lead the team, and I accept that. It’s not really a rivalry. We both went for that goal [this year's Tour de France] and he did the job.
“I don’t see why we can’t work together and I’m sure we will be back at the Tour next year, if I’m selected. I would like to be there, but it is not my decision.”
And Wiggins praised the performance of Team Sky, and Froome in particular, for their efforts in this year’s Tour.
“I was disappointed not to be there but there came a point when I had to get on with things and move on with my own life, rather than dwelling on what might have been,” said Wiggins.
Froome performance was incredible
“I think the team did an amazing job without me. Even if I had been fully fit I probably wouldn’t have been selected, because there were guys capable of doing a better job than me.
“They showed again how dominant and strong as a team they are.
“The individual performance from Chris was incredible. To win three stages and dominate the way he did, I think it showed the pre-race hype was right.”
Wiggins was speaking at his mass-participation Ride With Brad event in east Lancashire.
The event raised funds for his charity, the Bradley Wiggins Foundation, which promotes and supports people involved in sport from grassroots to elite level.