Wig­gins vows to earn Team Sky Tour place

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For­mer Tour de France win­ner Bradley Wig­gins vowed to earn his place on the Sky team to sup­port de­fend­ing cham­pion Chris Froome in July af­ter fin­ish­ing ninth at Paris-Roubaix.

Wig­gins put in an im­pres­sive show­ing at Sun­day’s ‘Hell of the North’ by com­ing home in a 10-strong group 20 sec­onds be­hind win­ner Niki Terp­stra.

He had to set­tle for ninth in the 257km cob­bled clas­sic but a week af­ter show­ing he could man­age such dis­tances with the lead­ers by fin­ish­ing 32nd at the Tour of Flan­ders, less than two min­utes back from win­ner Fabian Can­cel­lara, the 2012 Tour win­ner is fo­cused on win­ning a place on Sky’s team.

Wig­gins said that al­though he wants to come back for an­other crack at the ‘Queen of the Clas­sics’, this re­sult hasn’t changed his plans to re­turn to the track next year, nor to try to be a part of July’s Tour.

But he ad­mit­ted he is not in pole po­si­tion for that, as Bri­tish Cy­cling Coach Shane Sut­ton said ear­lier this week.

“I’d love to come back (to Paris-Roubaix) the next few years,” said Wig­gins, a four­time Olympic gold medal­ist, in­clud­ing three times on the track.

“But I don’t think it changes any­thing, I’ve stated I want to go back to the track next year for the Olympics (in 2016).”

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