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Bradley Wiggins left out of Tour de France build up race

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Uncertainty builds within Team Sky as Sir Bradley Wiggins misses out on racing in the Criterium du Dauphine.

After the success in the Tour of California, Wiggins will now ride in the Tour de Suisse whilst Chris Froome will ride in the Criterium du Dauphine to defend his title.

The two Brits haven't ridden together this year in a competitive race and many believe Wiggins will not be chosen to support Froome in the Tour de France this year as it has been well documented that they may not be the best of friends.

Both riders have been using different training camps due to their different race but Wiggins did not go to Yorkshire with Team Sky to take a look at the course.

Sky have won the Criterium du Dauphine for the past four years, with Froome hoping to win it for a second time in a row, just like Wiggins did back in 2011 and 2012.

Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford thinks both events are important and riders will be selected from across the races.

According to The Guardian, Brailsford said: "Both the Dauphine and Tour de Suisse are World Tour events and we are looking to perform in both races.

“Bradley heads to Switzerland with a strong team after a great win in California and we’ve got the right group for the Dauphiné, especially considering the nature of the course.

“Both of these races will form part of our selection for the Tour. We have to name 13 riders in a long list during June and we’ll do that from across the squad, including riders at the Route du Sud, not only those in the Dauphiné and Tour de Suisse groups."

Froome will be joined by Richie Porte, Vasil Kiryienka, David Lopez, Mikel Nieve, Danny Pate, Geraint Thomas, Xabier Zandio, whilst Wiggins will be supported by Joe Dombrowski, Christian Knees, Luke Rowe, Dario Cataldo, Philip Deignan, Ben Swift and Pete Kennaugh.

It is also reported that Froome would prefer to have Porte as his number two rather than Wiggins.

With only 13 riders being chosen for the long list it is going to be very hard for team Sky to pick their best riders as they have so many to chose from.

Leaving out someone like Wiggins could prove costly for the team as they need his expertise to help Froome win the Tour de France again.

However with his inclusion some may be worried that he may cause a rift in the team which could potentially hinder Sky's chances of winner the Tour for a third time in a row.

 

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