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Bradley Wiggins won't ride in the Vuelta a Espana

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Wiggins took part in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic (©GettyImages)
Wiggins took part in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic (©GettyImages).

Sir Bradley Wiggins will not take part in the Vuelta a Espana this year according to Team Sky Manager Sir Dave Brailsford.

Wiggins didn't ride in the Giro d'Italia and was left out of the squad that took part in the Tour de France meaning this is the first time since 2005 that he hasn't ridden in one of the Grand Tours throughout the whole season.

One day aims

The 2012 Tour de France champion will instead ride in some one day races as well as racing in the Tour of Britain where he will be trying to defend his title from last year.

Brailsford admitted he wanted Wiggins to race in the Tour de Britain and hopes he can perform well in the World Championships.

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According to Cycling News, Brailsford said: "He'll ride in a couple of one-day races, then he'll ride the Tour of Britain.

"We hope that will give him the right training preparations to go to the World Championships, and try to deliver in the individual time trial again, which he did so brilliantly last year. We hope he'll do the same again this year."

Fall out

Wiggins rode in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic last Sunday and this was the first time he had ridden for Team Sky since the National time trial championships in June. It has been well documented that the Brit may have fallen out with his team and Chris Froome and the fact that he isn't being picked for major races could be down to tension in Team Sky.

The 34-year-old admitted at the Commonwealth Games that he may not return to Grand Tour racing as he wants to concentrate on track cycling for the 2016 Olympic Games and this may have been one of the reasons he wasn't chosen in the Vuelta squad.

Froome to lead & Wiggins to retire

Froome will lead Team Sky and even after he had to abandon the Tour de France he will be the favourite going into the three week race.

I think Wiggins will retire from road cycling altogether in the near future as there are more opportunities for him on the track. Team Sky have become a victim of their own success because they have created so many good riders which are now competing with each other to be the team leader.

Wiggins, Froome, Richie Porte and potentially Geraint Thomas are all fighting for the number one spot at Team Sky. Some of these riders will have to leave if they are going to be given the opportunity to become a team leader.

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