Defending Tour France champ Froome has repeatedly assured the British cycling enthusiasts that he had no role in cancelling Sir Wiggins’ chances in the Tour de France this year.
Wiggo was the first British to attain the coveted Tour France title for UK and hence is revered in high honor as “people’s champ” in his country. His absence in this year’s Tour France has naturally saddened many of the British cycling fans and a lot them assumed that it’s buddy-turned-rival Froome had some contribution in it. But Froome has insisted that he didn’t play anything in the axeing of the 2012 Tour France winner.
However, Froome had declared that he feels that his Aussie lieutenant Richie Porte would be more prospective in the race for him rather than Bradley Wiggins.
Chris Froome insists Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France axeing by Team Sky wasn’t his call
Chris flew to Yorkshire a few back to take part in the Tour de France 2014 championship which is slated to start from Leeds from July 5.
“Just to be absolutely clean, I don’t have any role in my team’s selection process”, said Froome who is being alleged by many in exercising the veto power to push back Wiggo from the Sky team.
“Yes, I speak to Dave Brailsford (Team Sky boss) about guys I would be racing with, yet, if you see how Tour France squad is chosen, the guys would be in altitude camps all together from very early in a season & racing as one group.”
On asked whether he would have felt uncomfortable with Bradley’s presence in Sky, Chris stressed- “Not necessarily- Bradley’s presence would have certainly altered our team dynamics, but that is bike racing”.
“You can’t stay best buddies with everybody on your team all through & ultimately we are colleagues & are professionals.”