Switch would be ‘a mis­take’

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FINAL SAY -

Sir Bradley Wig­gins’ men­tor, Shane Sut­ton, has urged him to re­main at Team Sky de­spite his Tour de France snub. The 2012 Tour win­ner will fo­cus on the Com­mon­wealth Games af­ter his widely an­tic­i­pated omis­sion from Team Sky’s nine-man group was con­firmed yes­ter­day, barely 12 hours af­ter he won his third na­tional time trial ti­tle with a blis­ter­ing per­for­mance at Celtic Manor in New­port.

Wig­gins’ con­tract with Sky ex­pires at the end of the sea­son and spec­u­la­tion has be­gun about whether he might look else­where to re­vive his Tour am­bi­tions. How­ever, Sut­ton, the Bri­tish Cy­cling coach, said: “I think that would be a big mis­take on Brad’s part.

“I’m quite sure his rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Sir Dave [Brails­ford] and Sky could sit down and map out a great pack­age that gives Brad the flex­i­bil­ity to drop into the Clas­sics, then come back out into the track pro­gramme. I think when Sky’s of­fer­ing you a hand like that you would be mad not to bite it off, to be hon­est with you, and I’m pretty sure that he will stay with Sky.”

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