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Bradley Wiggins will not defend Tour de France title

Updated: Friday, 31 May 2013 16:31 | Comments

Bradley Wiggins rounds the Arc d'Triomphe on his way to winning the 2012 Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins rounds the Arc d'Triomphe on his way to winning the 2012 Tour de France

Defending champion Bradley Wiggins has withdrawn from the Tour de France after a chest infection and a knee injury left him unable to train.

Wiggins had already been told by Team Sky that he would be riding in support of team-mate Chris Froome, but the absence of last year's yellow jersey winner still represents a huge blow for all concerned.

Wiggins, whose fitness issues saw him withdraw from the Giro d'Italia earlier this month, said: "It's a huge disappointment not to make the Tour.

"I desperately wanted be there, for the team and for all the fans along the way - but it's not going to happen.

"I can't train the way I need to train and I'm not going to be ready.

"Once you accept that, it's almost a relief not having to worry about the injury and the race against time."

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