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Team Sky focusing on 2015 Tour de France

Sir Dave Brailsford is keen to return stronger next year (©GettyImages)
Sir Dave Brailsford is keen to return stronger next year (©GettyImages).

Sir Dave Brailsford believes Team Sky will challenge for the yellow jersey once again next year after having a disappointing Tour de France in 2014.

The British team came away from the Tour with no winners jerseys and no stage wins, in a race which saw their team leader crash out on stage five.

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Chris Froome abandoned the race after crashing multiple times leaving the leadership role to Richie Porte but the Australian failed to lead Team Sky to a third successive Tour de France victory.

Porte was disappointing in the mountains and lost a lot of valuable time to his rivals such as eventual winner Vincenzo Nibali.

Team Sky 'will learn'

Team Sky boss Brailsford is adamant that his team will come back stronger next year and will learn from the failures of this year.

According to Cycling Weekly, Brailsford said: "We came into the Tour with high hopes but after five days we lost Chris, which was a blow because we believed he could win the race.

“Then we had Richie [Porte] in second place as we headed into the first rest day, but things didn’t go well for him either during the second half of the Tour.

“We’ve won a lot at Team Sky, and at some point you can’t keep winning. That’s disappointing, but sustaining success is different than trying to achieve it the first time around, and there’s a lot of learnings we can take from that.”

Froome is currently recovering from his injuries in America with the view of hopefully racing in the Vuelta a Espana in August and Brailsford believes his injury has made him more determined to win the tour again next year.

“This setback has made him very, very hungry, and more determined than ever to come back next year and fight for that yellow jersey again.”

Wiggins

One debate which made the headlines before the Tour de France was the absence of Sir Bradley Wiggins from the squad and this was heightened when Froome retired from the race.

In my opinion Wiggins could have won the tour ahead of Nibali if he was included in the team from the start.

Brailsford seems keen to keep Wiggins at Team Sky but realises he will have to accommodate the Brits wish to ride in the 2016 Olympic Games.

“He has made it quite clear he wants to go through to the Rio Games and ride and we are talking with his management team and how we can support that and try and make that happen. We will continue with those discussions.”

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Sir Bradley Wiggins
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Tour De France
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