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No place for Bradley Wiggins in Sky Tour de France squad

Updated: Friday, 27 Jun 2014 17:50 | Comments

Bradley Wiggins won his third British national time trial title on Thursday
Bradley Wiggins won his third British national time trial title on Thursday

Chris Froome has won the battle, but will he win the war?

The defending Tour de France champion has been selected as Team Sky's undisputed leader for the 101st edition of the race, which begins in Leeds on July 5, with his predecessor as champion Bradley Wiggins omitted.

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford says he made the decision to give the squad - or Froome - the best chance of finishing the 3,664-kilometre race, including five summit finishes, in the yellow jersey in Paris on July 27.

Brailsford admitted leaving out Wiggins, the first British winner of the race in 2012, was "a very, very tough decision", but that the team dynamic came first.

Froome and Wiggins have had a fractious relationship and although the latter promised to ride in his leader's service, there must have been some doubt from within the group.

Brailsford told Sky Sports News: "In elite sport, selection of a team is one of the most difficult parts, there's no doubt about it.

"On this occasion, Bradley will miss out. But it's one race, there's still the future and there's a lot more racing in Bradley.

"Bradley's been a great champion, is a great champion - he's been fundamental to the growth of cycling in this country.

"But my job is to look at the best probabilities to try to win, to picture somebody on that podium with the yellow jersey on the Champs-Elysees and work back from there.

"You look at the riders you've got and think who's the best placed to try and win, then you build a team based on evidence, based on logic - you try to take the emotion out of it.

"A star team will always beat a team of stars. I think that's really important."

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