Froome and Wiggins to join forces in 2014 Tour de France?

Jul 23, 2013

The British riders may not get on, but Sky boss Brailsford wants them on the same team

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TOUR DE FRANCE winner Chris Froome and the man he succeeded as champion, Bradley Wiggins, could launch a dual assault on next year's race according to Team Sky cycling supremo Dave Brailsford.

The pair, who do not get on, became involved in something of a spat over who would be Sky's lead rider in this year's Tour back in the spring. But the debate came to an abrupt end when Wiggins was forced to withdraw through injury.

Froome prospered in the absence of Wiggins and cruised to victory on the Champs d'Elysees on Sunday, following in the tyre-tracks of his rival, who became the first Briton to win the race a year earlier.

Now that both riders have a yellow jersey in their lockers and with Sky likely to pour all its resources into next year's Tour, which starts in Yorkshire, it is possible the pair could race each other.

Brailsford told The Guardian that he would love to have both riders in next year's Tour, and glossed over questions about their relationship.

"I'm not interested in that," he said. "Everyone goes on about it, can they be friends? I don't spend a nanosecond worrying about whether they get on or not.

"People talk about having team unity and team harmony; I don't buy that at all," he continued. "Most of the best teams I've been with are not harmonious environments. This is not a harmonious environment. This is a gritty environment where people are pushing really hard."

Sky attempted to win more than one Grand Tour this year, targeting the Giro d'Italia with Wiggins as lead man as well as the Tour de France. If they only target France in 2014 then Sky could put out their strongest team featuring both riders as well as the best support team they can muster. But it would resurrect the bitter issue of who is team leader, something that has been open to debate since Vuelta a Espana in 2011, according to The Independent.

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