Cycling

Sir Dave Brailsford has no Tour de France regrets

Richie Porte is the new Team Sky leader (©GettyImages)
Richie Porte is the new Team Sky leader (©GettyImages).

Sir Dave Brailsford believes the team he chose to ride in the Tour de France was the right one in an attempt to defend Chris Froome's yellow jersey.

Brailsford made the headlines by deciding not to involve Sir Bradley Wiggins in the nine-man squad, even though Wiggins is one of the best riders in the World and has the 2012 title to his name.

Porte mistake?

The Team Sky principal instead went with Froome's number two from last year, Richie Porte. The Australian would become the team leader if anything happened to Froome and unfortunately the 2013 champion crashed out on stage five.

Porte is now out of contention for the yellow jersey after suffering in the Alps, but Brailsford still believes he made the right decision when picking the team.

He told Sky Sports News: "You make decisions on the availability of the information that you have got at the time. At the time, would I make the same decisions? I think the answer to that is yes.

Learn & improve

"But I think you can learn, you have got to be humble enough to really take a step back and think carefully about the decisions and what differences could have been made in terms of different information, or coming to it from a different angle."

With the way the Tour is going this year I think it is unlikely the Team Sky will win a stage, but if Wiggins was in the team I believe they would still be in contention for the yellow jersey. 

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Wiggins is a stronger cyclist than Porte and he would be able to challenge the likes of Vincenzo Nibali in the mountains.

Although, if Team Sky are going to win any stages, Geraint Thomas may be the man to do it. Thomas may look to win one of the stages in the Pyrenees.

Continue to fight

Brailsford admits the race isn't over and his team will continue to ride to the best of their abilities until the event's conclusion on Sunday. 

"There is still a lot to race for. It's the biggest bike race in the world, you don't just throw the towel in, you keep on fighting," he added.

"Whether winning or losing you can still show character, you can be professional, still be disciplined and you can still fight, which is what we will be doing."

2015 challenge

The 2014 Tour has been one to forget for Sky, and Brailsford is already thinking about the 2015 race as they look to regain the title they are about to lose.

"We are going to come back even better, bigger and stronger. Back to the drawing board, make some changes I think. I've got some good ideas about the changes I want to make and then come back next year fighting to get the jersey back."

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Sir Bradley Wiggins
Cycling
Tour De France

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