Switch would be ‘a mistake’
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.”