London - Bradley Wiggins is to compete for England at the upcoming
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow it was announced on Wednesday, just days
after he effectively ruled himself out of this year's Tour de France.
who in 2012 became the first British winner of cycling's most
prestigious road race, appeared unhappy that the Sky team appeared to be
concentrating all their efforts on last-year's winner Chris Froome.
"The team is focused around Chris Froome," Wiggins, 34, said last week.
am gutted. I've worked extremely hard for this throughout the winter
and up to the summer. I feel I am in the form I was two years ago," he
"I've been working towards that all season. It's
disappointing because it would perhaps have been my last Tour de
France," added Wiggins, who didn't compete in last year's Tour.
top of his 2012 triumph, Wiggins has won four Olympic gold medals both
on the track and the road and so will be a strong addition to an English
cycling team that includes fellow Olympic champions Laura Trott, Joanna
Rowsell, Dani King, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Jason Kenny and Philip
"This cycling team is undoubtedly the best we have ever
seen selected for Team England," said Chef de Mission Jan Paterson after
the squad was announced Wednesday.
"To have eight Olympic
champions line up alongside previous Commonwealth Games medallists and
some supremely talented younger athletes is genuinely exciting for us.
it's on the track, the road or at the mountain bike course, cycling
fans are in for a treat when Team England are competing."
director Shane Sutton added: "I believe we have selected a very strong
team for this year's Commonwealth Games, and it's great that we have
such a talented pool of English cyclists to select from.
"I speak on behalf of all the team when I say we can't wait for the racing to begin in Glasgow."
The Commonwealth Games' opening ceremony takes place on July 23, with events commencing on the following day.