Wiggins ‘aims to help Froome win gold in world road race'
2012 Tour de France winner will ‘assist' team-mate but says time trial win is main priority
BRADLEY WIGGINS has insisted that no "clear-the-air talks" are needed with fellow Team Sky rider Chris Froome before the two ride together this weekend for the first time in seven months.
Both Tour de France winners will represent Great Britain at the World Road Race Championships in Tuscany this weekend, and Wiggins has said he intends to help Froome win gold in the road race.
"I think Chris made his intentions clear after the Tour that he wants to win the world road race, so I put my hand up to be a part of that team and I will assist him. I was selected last week for that."
Former Team Sky sports racing director Sean Yates wrote in his biography that the pair's relationship suffered so much during the 2012 Tour de France that Wiggins almost quit mid-race, before eventually winning.
But Wiggins, who currently leads the Tour of Britain on the second stage, seems to have put all that behind him. Asked if any plans had been made for the pair to discuss their differences, Wiggins told Sky Sports: "No, no there hasn't. We haven't raced since the Tour of Oman together this year... At the end of the day it's just sport, it's about going out there and doing a job professionally. It's as simple as that."
Although Wiggins will be doing everything he can to help Froome win gold in the road race, his main focus in Tuscany is to try to claim top spot in the time trial.
When asked about his future in cycling, Wiggins isn't looking too far beyond the Championships. "At this stage I am just focused on this week. I will get to the end of the season, have a holiday and then decide about my future." ·