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Wiggins to Skip Tour of Catalunya

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AFP / Yuzuru Sunada

Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and his Sky team have decided to withdraw the Olympic champion from the Volta a Catalunya which starts Monday, the British team announced on Saturday. The 33-year-old Englishman, who won the 2012 Tour as well as the Olympic time-trial gold medal, has set his sights on the upcoming Paris-Roubaix one-day classic on April 13. Wiggins, who also won Olympic gold in the individual pursuit in 2004 and 2008 as well as the 2008 team pursuit, will take part in only one race, the Grand Prix of Escault on April 9, before turning his attentions to the Paris-Roubaix.

“We have modified the program to assure our progress,” explained Wiggins. “After talking with my coaches, we have decided that it would be better to have two weeks of intensive training before coming back for the Paris-Roubaix.”

Wiggins, who was succeeded by compatriot and Sky teammate Chris Froome as Tour de France champion in 2013, will also take part in the Tour of California in May before the Criterium du Dauphine in June, a race he won in 2011 and 2012.