Thomas won the 2018 Tour de France and finished second a year later, while Froome won four rounds and was aiming for a record-breaking fifth title after returning from a terrible crash in 2019.Wiggins has already been left out of the Tour de France under the leadership of Brailsford. In 2013, while racing as the defending Tour champion, he was diagnosed with a knee injury, and a year later he was left at home for a second year, despite being at both fit and healthy.”I think you probably take it for granted as the previous winner and his [Bernal] status in the team that he will always be selected for the Tour. But that’s what makes Dave Brailsford such a great manager and why he’s been so successful. And I experienced this myself within the team: no one is really bigger than the team and he can take this emotion aside and select a team only on its strengths and the guide of form really ” , Wiggins said during his podcast with Eurosport.
“They don’t take these decisions lightly, there is a lot of thinking, there are a lot of numbers, there are a lot of facts, and Bernal is clearly the one they are investing their money on with the addition of (Richard) Carapaz going up. . , winner of last year’s Giro. You are probably considering a two-pronged attack.
“But I don’t see it as a negative thing. They’ve always had this plan, this goal, to win all three Grand Tours in one season and Geraint has one more month to get into the shape he wants to be in, and the fact that he’s riding the Giro that you would have. . to say he’s going to be a contender for it, ”Wiggins added.
Wiggins supported Brailsford’s decision, but also pointed to the benefits for Thomas and Froome as they have Tour pressure lifted from their shoulders and have been given new goals for the remainder of the season. The extra time to prepare for the Vuelta and the Giro, respectively, gives both drivers extra time.
“You don’t leave Geraint lightly sidelined from the Tour team, it’s a big decision to make. And G would have been part of that decision. He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had; he’s engaged, he’s tough, nothing puts him in phase, he’s good to have, he’s so calm And so Geraint will be the first to say “I don’t think I’m in good shape to be a potential winner of this race although I can play a part in the first parts of the mountain and then fall to the top, ”Wiggins continued.
“Dave will have said” you’re better than that, four more weeks of training and you can win the Giro “. And that’s what they’re going to do, and G would have been part of that decision. I imagine it’s a relief more than anything because you think about the pressure he would have been under.
“Froome is on a forward trajectory where he came from, as he said in his post, where he was this time last year. He has a chance to win the Vuelta; I wouldn’t let him go, but he will definitely be up there and he still has eight weeks to get there. The romantic vision we had of coming back to him and winning the Tour after his terrible accident. It was probably too much to ask of him.