In a move many were expecting but hoping would not materialise, Team SKY management have buckled to the emotions of the 2013 Tour winner Chris Froome and left the 2012 winner on the sidelines for the 2014 event that is just over a month away. Rubbing further salt into the wound is the fact the first four days are in England and many of the sports fans were hoping get a view of the Tour and Olympic Champion.
“As it stands, I won’t be there, probably,” Wiggins said in a live interview on BBC television on Friday morning. “The team is focused around Chris Froome, the defending champion who’s got a great chance of winning his second Tour and it’s decided that they’ll base the team around him, so unfortunately I won’t be there.”
The feud between Wiggins and Froome has been no secret but with Wiggins down playing any personal ambitions in this years Tour the rivalry seemed to have disappeared. Wiggins recent victory in the Tour of California signalled his return to peak form and a welcome boost of horse power that could be called on in the SKY squad but perhaps this return to form was a red flag to Froome and just like the Keyan born Brit could not trust himself when attacking the his team mate in yellow in the 2012 edition thought the tables could just as easily be turned.
“As defending champion he has a say who’s around him and he’s had guys who go to all his build-up races and training camps throughout the year, his group of riders, and obviously I’ve been following a different path,” said Wiggins.
“We’ve been on different paths, and as it gets closer to the Tour, Dave Brailsford, the manager, decides who’s best-fitted to do that job. Myself and Chris haven’t race together all year.”
2013 saw Team SKY in total dissaray at times in the Tour with its doors blown off on the Pyrenean Stage 9 by the combined attack of Team Saxo-Tinkoff and Movistar. With Froomes entire team disposed of the SKY leader had to dig deep to pull back the 1:10 deficit that had opened up, many experts believed with the inclusion of Wiggins in the 2014 squad the team would be better insulated against attacks of this nature.
2015 and beyond?
“I had planned to return to the track next winter but seeing as I’m not doing the Tour I can go back there immediately and that will give me all the answers I need for the Olympics, to let me know if I still have the level,” Wiggins said.
“So maybe I won’t need to do a season on the track this winter, I could concentrate on the road again. That would allow me to have a go at Roubaix again and then try to do the  Tour in the role of a super domestique, like I wanted to do this year – ride on the Champs-Élysées with the yellow jersey behind me.
“But maybe that won’t be for Sky. For the moment, I’m considering all of my options, but as things stand, I still haven’t had an offer from Sky.”
It had been reported recently Wiggins had been in discussion with Orica-GreenEdge, Whilst this is the only team to have spoken to him thus far, Wiggins confirmed that his conversation with Matt White did not constitute “real negotiations.”
“I think it’s pretty obvious that if I couldn’t do the Tour this year, then next year…. If I want to do the Tour, I’ll probably have to leave Sky,” Wiggins said.”