Tour de France - Bradley Wiggins left out of 2014 Tour

Both Team Sky and Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that the Olympic gold medallist will not take part in the 2014 Tour de France.

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Olympiasieger Wiggins nicht bei Tour dabei

Team Sky has selected its nine-man line-up for the 101st edition of the Tour de France, which starts with the Grand Départ in Yorkshire on Saturday 5 July.

And Wiggins, who won the event in 2012 with Sky, will not be in the team.

Last year’s champion Chris Froome will lead the nine-man team and will be joined by Richie Porte, Geraint Thomas, Mikel Nieve, Bernhard Eisel, Vasil Kiryienka, David López, Danny Pate and Xabier Zandio.

Speaking after winning the British time-trial championship, 34-year-old Wiggins said he will not be competing shortly before his team confirmed their line-up.

"It's disappointing on a personal level, but I think from a team point of view they've probably put the strongest squad up as it stands," he said.

"It is what it is. I think the team they are sending is an incredible team.

"You've got a defending champion who is going to be the favourite to win it, you have got the likes of Geraint Thomas, who could win on Sunday and take the British road title into the Tour, so the team that is going... you couldn't fault it really.

"With my crash in Switzerland, I probably lacked some preparation, so it came down that there were probably eight better guys that could go in front of me."

Wiggins will now switch back to track cycling for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

"Team England in conjunction with British Cycling has today confirmed that Sir Bradley Wiggins will join the track squad for the Commonwealth Games," a statement read.

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