Wiggins misses the Tour de France: what now for Sir Brad?

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Wiggins misses the Tour de France: what now for Sir Brad?

Team Sky man says he will not be competing ‘as things stand’

If you needed any more proof Sir Brad was an immensely talented bike rider, he provided it in the spring with his performance at Paris-Roubaix.

Mostly untested on the fearsome pavé, Wiggins showed he could compete with the best as he secured a top-ten finish – part of the elite chasing group who finished behind Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep).

Wiggins impressed at this year’s cobbled Classics (pic: Sirotti)

It appears he can succeed at whatever he turns his mind too, should he have the desire to do so, and another, fully-committed shot at the Classics would seal his place as one of cycling’s greats.

Few people have ever won the Tour and Paris-Roubaix in their careers, but Wiggins stated after this year’s Hell of the North he was keen to return for another shot at it.

And, if he was to focus on the Classics, he could stick with Team Sky too – should he want too – with the British team crying out for a high-quality one-day racer.

Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard have both proved themselves on the cobbles, but if Wiggins is afforded a place in the team alongside them it would do none of them any harm.

Terpstra, Tom Boonen and Stijn Vandenbergh showed the advantages to racing with a three-pronged attack throughout the Classics season.

Whether with Team Sky or elsewhere however, Wiggins is certainly capable of giving the Spring Classics another fair crack if he commits fully to them.

And fast forward to 2016, and a spring in Belgium and northern France before a summer on the boards ahead of the Olympics is not such a ludicrous thought.

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