Defending champ Wiggins pulls out of Tour de France

By: Staff Reporter
By: Staff Reporter

Friday, May 31, 2013

LONDON (AP) -- Team Sky says defending champion Bradley Wiggins will not race in this year's Tour de France because of a knee problem.

The British rider withdrew before the 13th stage of the Giro d'Italia two weeks ago because of a chest infection. Team principal Dave Brailsford says "with illness, injury and treatment Brad has gone past the point where he can be ready for the Tour. It's a big loss but, given these circumstances, we won't consider him for selection."

Wiggins calls it a "huge disappointment." He says he "desperately wanted be there, for the team and for all the fans along the way -- but it's not going to happen."

Wiggins became the first British rider to win the showcase race last year.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press


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