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Orica-GreenEDGE plan to sign Bradley Wiggins

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Orica-GreenEDGE's head sports director Matt White admits the team would be interested in signing Bradley Wiggins.

Wiggins will be free to sign for another team when his contract with team Sky runs out this year and with a ever increasing supporting role for front man Chris Froome it wouldn't be a shock if he left.

The Australian team have enjoyed vast success at the Giro d'Italia so far this year, with two of their riders wearing the pink jersey in the first week but they lack a rider who could realistically win a Grand Tour.

White admitted Orica-GreenEdge are looking to sign a rider who could lead them to a Grand Tour victory, whether it be in the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia or Vuelta a Espana.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, White said: “Our team is ready to have a grand tour rider next year.

“We have identified people who would fit in to the culture of our team … They are people who are ready to come to the team and we are ready to support them.

“When you look at the likes of [current young Orica-GreenEDGE teammates] Esteban Chaves, Simon and Adam Yates, [Luke] Durbridge and [Michael] Hepburn …

"If we can keep that group for the next two years we will have one hell of a Tour de France team in two to three years.”

Wiggins could be the rider they are looking for as he has already won the Tour de France and is more than capable of winning another Grand Tour.

White knows the Brit from his days with the Garmin-Sharp team but he realises it will cost a fair bit to get Wiggins to the Australian team.

“If Bradley was to come we would have to have the money to buy him. He is not going to come for 'free."

Orica-GreenEDGE are even willing to let Wiggins focus on the Olympics in 2016 where he wants to ride on the track if it means he would consider signing for them.

“’Wiggo’ has made it public that his focus would be the Olympics in 2016 ... but we have a history for sure.

"I haven’t spoken to ‘Wiggo’ for a while … But he is definitely a rider who would fit into this group.”

“We would have to know what his plans are for next the two years.

"Obviously, 2016 would be a write off for the Tour, but he is a guy who could definitely fit in.

"His ambitions at Sky are certainly different to a year ago.”

If the 34-year-old was to join the Australian team they would be quite a force in the major tours as their team would be very strong.

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