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Wiggins may never ride at Tour de France again

ESPN staff
June 21, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France © PA Photos
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Sir Bradley Wiggins has hinted he may not take part in the Tour de France again, after withdrawing from this year's event through health and injury problems.

The 33-year-old became the first Briton to claim cycling's grandest prize a year ago by finishing ahead of fellow countryman Chris Froome.

However, Wiggins was forced to pull out of the 100th edition of Le Tour in order to recover from recent problems - as a chest illness saw his Giro d'Italia cut short.

And speaking to the Guardian, Wiggins has revealed last year's Tour de France may well have been his last - saying he is not sure he still has the hunger for such a demanding event.

"For me it was always about winning the Tour," Wiggins said. "I've done that. If I'm honest I don't think I'm prepared to make those sacrifices again that I made last year, with my family and so on. I've achieved what I've achieved. I'm incredibly happy with that.

"I don't know if I'd want to go through all that again to be honest. I've always had other goals and there are other things I'd like to try and do."

Wiggins was due to play second fiddle within Team Sky this year to Froome, and admits that reclaiming the top spot within the squad may prove difficult.

"There has been a natural selection this year through Chris's performances and my performances that he warrants being the team leader," Wiggins said on Froome, who has won four events in 2013.

"And if he wins the Tour, that continues through to next year. I can live with that.

"I didn't go to the altitude camp before the Giro because I wanted to be with my family; the kids are getting older and I like watching [my son] Ben play rugby and other things," Wiggins added.

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