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Albeit Bradley Wiggins was directed to support Chris Froom in the Tour of Catalonia yet the 2012 Tour France champion has decided to skip the tour for specialized climbing training. Sir Wiggins has declared to skip the Spanish race in discussions with Sky coaches.
The 33-year-old is presently looking forward to Paris-Roubaix that would commence from April 13 followed by California Tour the next month & then Criterium de Dauphine & Tour France in the middle of the year. The specialized climbing training Wiggins is taking to is meant to tune up his form prior to the upcoming esteemed races.
“We have altered our program to assure that I go on progressing forward. I have spoken to my coaches and together we have finalized that I would be able to benefit better from 2 weeks of tough training on climbing prior to getting back for the Paris-Roubaix competition. I am doing all these to confirm a great form for the California Tour, Criterium de Dauphine & Tour France”, stated the former Tour France hero.
“I would probably miss out on it (Tour of catalonia0 this year given congestion in my race schedule. However, it’s a great chance for me now to get myself some strong training & focus on enhancing at every aspect.”
Wiggins was scheduled to perform as the support of 2013 Tour France winner Chris Froome at Tour of Catalonia this year. However, the Sky head coach Tim Kerrison is confident that a structured training block is much needed for Wiggins at the present stage.
“Whilst Catalonia would have offered Wiggins guarantee workload yet by getting him into a good training environ we would be able to have better control on that workload”, said Kerrison. “We will make sure that this training gets to address all his specific needs.”
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Bradley Wiggins has reportedly expressed his desire to compete in 2014 Tour France with his old squad Team Sky. The 33-year-old cycling hero has declared to take up any role offered to him by Sky to take part in Tour France.
The 2012 Tour France was the first Brit ever to claim the coveted champion jersey at the most prestigious cycling event of the world. He followed up the heroic feat with a time trial gold medal at London Olympics.
However, last year was frustrating for Wiggins given his serious chest infection that compelled him to withdraw his name from Giro. Besides, it was his bad knee injury that barred him from defending his Tour France title last year that went to the rider’s Sky mate Chris Froome.
Froome’s win at the Tour de France last year led to a bad dispute over the role of leadership in Sky and even resulted in a tension between the two riders who were the best of mates once.
However, Wiggins has lately confirmed that he is ready to ride along Froome, in Tour France, regardless of the role offered to him. The 2014 Tour de France is scheduled to commence from Yorkshire this July
“I wish to get back at Tour France, to get back to my squad, irrespective of the capacity conferred on to me by Sky. I want to ride along the defending champ Chris”, stated Wiggins. “2 Brit winners at the championship starting in UK seems to bring quite an amazing experience for all of us.”
Wiggins is also enthusiastic to take part in California Tour that will start before Tour France, in May.
“I am looking forward to perform really well this season”, added in the former Tour de France champion.
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Mark Cavendish is all set to start the season of 2014 with a bang and hopes to be in the leader’s jersey in the Tour de France which will be starting in July at Yorkshire. Cavendish is super excited about this year because it will be his home town and with the kind of support he normally gets it would be really a plus point for him.
This is the second time that he will be in front of his home crowd. Last time it was in United Kingdom in the year 2007. At that time cycling was not that popular as it is now and the number of people who watched cycling at that time was also quite less. Naturally with the support of the crowd Cavendish will be looking to make this year his most successful year ahead. The first stage of the Tour de France will end in Harrogate, the home town of Cavendish’s mother. From childhood Cavendish always had the dream of cycling in front of his home crowd and to get that opportunity twice in a career is something that is really rare.
Mark Cavendish will be backed by Mark Renshaw and this is a very big news both for Cavendish and also for the whole team. When asked about Renshaw, Cavendish said that Renshaw is a great friend of his and he is delighted to get him back. He is also one of the most gifted people that anyone will ever get in the field of cycling. Patrick Lefevre, the manager of the team said that he is really hopeful this year and thinks that the pair will be good enough for all the other teams and they will emerge victorious at the end of the year.