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Bradley Wiggins withdraws from Giro d'Italia

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Sir Bradley Wiggins has withdrawn from the Giro d'Italia with a chest infection, Team Sky have revealed.

The Tour de France champion suffered on stage 12 - won by Mark Cavendish - on Thursday as the Briton fell outside of the top ten in the general classification after he was unable to keep up with the leaders.

With the defence of his yellow jersey at Le Tour set to begin at the end of next month, Wiggins has brought an end to his Giro in order to recuperate in time for the event.

"We monitored Bradley overnight and this morning we've withdrawn him from the Giro after consulting the team doctor," Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said.

"His chest infection has been getting worse and our primary concern is always the health of our riders.

"Bradley will return to the UK today for treatment and to rest and we hope to have him back on the road as soon as possible. As a passionate racer he wanted to continue but he is simply unable to do so on medical grounds."

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