100. Tour without last year’s winner: wiggins has to miss out

100. Tour without last year's winner: wiggins has to miss out

A year after his ride into the history books, last year’s winner sir bradley wiggins is at the 100. Tour de france condemned to watch.

The british olympic time trial champion will not compete in the 29th tour of spain because of his ongoing injury problems. The tour of france, which begins in june. This is what his team told sky. Wiggins still suffering from the effects of bronchial inflammation and left knee pain. This had already put him out of action after the 13. Stage forced to abandon at giro d’italia.

"It’s a gross deprivation not to go to the tour. I wanted to be there for the team and all the fans, but it’s not going to work. I can’t train the way I had to in order to be ready. If you accept that, it’s almost like a relief not to have to worry about the injury and the race against time," said a deflated wiggins.

The end for the 33-year-old had already become apparent in the last few days. There has been no real training for weeks. Wiggins had already cancelled his start in the important tour preparation race, the dauphine tour. A re-examination has now revealed the outcome, as team doctor richard freeman explained. Bronchial inflammation requires further treatment and rest. The knee injury was also worse than expected. It is uncertain when wiggins will return to competition.

With the failure of the first british tour winner in cycling history, the captaincy of team sky is also finally settled. Compatriot christopher froome, who finished second to wiggins last year, was already expected to be number one. "This team has so many riders in rough shape. We have to have the best chance to win," wiggins added, explaining that he will set new goals for the season.

Team boss dave brailsford was disappointed. "It’s incredibly sad not to have the defending champion at the start line. But he’s a champion, an outstanding athlete, and he’ll come back a winner, just like he did before," said brailsford. Wiggins may now compete in the tour of spain and world championships in florence.

Last year, wiggins made cycling history by becoming the first briton to win the tour. A few weeks later he gilded his triumph with a home victory at the london olympics in the individual time trial ahead of tony martin. In the three previous summer games, he had already won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals on the track. In his homeland, he has enjoyed the status of a folk hero since the summer of 2012 at the latest. At the end of the year, wiggins was nominated by the british queen elizabeth II. Knighted.

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