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Tour de France Champ Wiggins to Focus on Giro d’Italia in 2013

Tour de France Champ Wiggins to Focus on Giro d’Italia in 2013
Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling leads team mate and race leader Bradley Wiggins over the line on stage seventeen of the 2012 Tour de France in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France. Photographer: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Bradley Wiggins doesn’t see himself defending his Tour de France title next July, and plans to help teammate Chris Froome instead.

Wiggins said he intends to focus on the Giro d’Italia in May and repay a favor to Froome in the French race. Froome helped him become the first British winner.

“Cycling is a team sport and I wouldn’t have won the race” without my Team Sky teammates, Wiggins told Eurosport.

The 32-year-old Londoner won the race by 3 minutes, 21 seconds from second-placed Froome. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali was 6:19 off the lead in third.

Froome, a Kenyan-born Briton, led Wiggins up the most difficult mountain passes in the Alps and Pyrenees, slowing several times to let him catch up.

Wiggins said that along with the Tour de France and the one-day Paris-Roubaix, the Giro is “the only other race that’s up there” in prestige.

“I’d love to try and win the Giro, I’m a great historian of the sport,” Wiggins said.

He added that his plans were still subject to approval by Manchester, England-based Team Sky.

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