May 31 (Bloomberg) -- Bradley Wiggins won’t defend his Tour de France cycling title because of a knee injury.
The 33-year-old Briton quit the Giro de Italia two weeks ago because of a worsening lung infection and is suffering from a knee injury, according to Team Sky, for which he rides.
“It’s a huge disappointment not to make the Tour,” Wiggins said on the team website. “I can’t train the way I need to train and I’m not going to be ready.”
The three-week Tour de France starts June 29. Wiggins last year became the first British winner.
Wiggins crashed at the Giro de Italia and pulled out of the race before the 13th of 21 stages while 5 minutes, 22 seconds behind eventual winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy.
Last October, Wiggins said he intended to target the Italian race as a priority and assist teammate Chris Froome at the Tour de France. In April, he appeared to change plans when he said he could challenge to win the French race, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Team Sky manager David Brailsford said on the team website today that Wiggins “has gone past the point where he can be ready for the Tour de France” and won’t be considered for selection.
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