Monday February 18, 2013
Wiggins targets Giro over Tour de France defence
MUSCAT: Bradley Wiggins has spelled out his objectives for the season, with the British cycling star focusing on a debut win in the Tour of Italy rather than a defence of his Tour de France title.
Wiggins gave a preview of how he sees his year panning out for Team Sky after filling a lowly 74th in the Tour of Oman on Saturday behind teammate and winner Chris Froome.
Explaining his decision to target the Giro Wiggins, who is expected to play a supporting role to help 2012 Tour runner-up Froome win the cycling blue riband this year, said: “I just wanted a new set of challenges.
“It took a long time for the motivation to come back.
“After the Olympics there was a long period when I thought, ‘what the hell am I gonna do next this year’, because I put so much in 18 months for that Tour project.”