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Team Sky's Tour de France row heats up

Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Team Sky.

Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Team Sky. Photo: AFP

Team Sky chief David Brailsford says he's yet to decide on his Tour de France squad despite claims from former champion Bradley Wiggins that he won't be selected.

Wiggins won the Tour in 2012 but doesn't expect to ride alongside teammate and defending champion Chris Froome when the race gets underway in Yorkshire on July 5.

The 34-year-old is reported to have a strained relationship with Froome and on Friday he said he wouldn't feature in Team Sky's nine-man team "as it stands".

Chris Froome during the 2013 Tour de France.

Chris Froome during the 2013 Tour de France. Photo: Getty Images

Wiggins appeared to suggest Froome was playing a part in selecting the squad, but Brailsford was quick to make it clear he alone will decide the fate of his riders.

"Despite the impression that might have been created, the team is not yet finalised," he told the Sunday Times.

"I will be the one making the decision on who is in that team.

"The riders can offer an opinion but they don't select the team and they never will.

"We knew from last year that my job was to build a team around Chris Froome because he's the rider most likely to win this year's Tour de France.

"Trust and harmony are important considerations and it is a difficult decision.

"I'm not just talking about the harmony between Chris and Brad, but harmony amongst all the riders and staff."

Wiggins won the Tour of California last month and finished ninth in the Paris-Roubaix race in April

Froome won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday, which acts as the main warm-up event for the Tour.

Wiggins was left out and instead competes in the Tour of Switzerland.

The first signs of cracks in their relationship emerged during the 2012 Tour when Kenyan-born Froome appeared to disobey orders and put pressure on teammate Wiggins with an attack during stage 11.

Both riders subsequently claimed they had settled their differences, yet Froome sparked more disharmony last week with his new autobiography, The Climb, which referred to Wiggins in 2012 and said: "We rode around him and his moods like he was a traffic island."


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  • Anyone who wants to see Bradley Wiggins ride this years Tour de France please use Social Media. Tweet Rupert and James Murdoch. Tweet Team SKY. Tweet Pinarello. Tweet Rapha. Don't cheat Bradley Wiggins out of riding the Tour de France#LetBradleyRide

    Mike Kapella
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    June 09, 2014, 2:43AM

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