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Cycling: Sky's Wiggins and Froome to ride in different Tour warm-up races

Published on Jun 3, 2014 6:29 PM

(REUTERS) - Team Sky have announced that Tour de France champion Chris Froome and 2012 winner Bradley Wiggins will race in different warm-up events ahead of this year's race, which begins in Yorkshire next month.

The pair have a frosty relationship, and recent speculation has suggested that Wiggins, who was unable to defend his crown last year owing to injury, may fail to make Sky's Tour de France squad despite the 34-year-old saying he was happy to play second-fiddle.

Froome will defend his title at the Criterium du Dauphine, which starts on Sunday and is seen as a major marker ahead of the Tour de France, while Wiggins, who won the Tour of California last month, will start the Tour de Suisse which begins six days later.

"Both the Criterium du Dauphine and Tour de Suisse are WorldTour events and we are looking to perform in both races," Sky principal Dave Brailsford said on the team website ( "Bradley heads to Switzerland with a strong team after a great win in California and we've got the right group for the Dauphine, especially considering the nature of the course."

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