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Bradley Wiggins appears to have dismissed any chance of defending his Tour de France title after the 2013 route was announced in Paris. Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour earlier this year when he beat Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome to the yellow jersey.

tour de France en Corse dopage ?However next year’s route is more mountainous and will favour climbers like former champions Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador. Wiggins, who is a time-trial specialist, has agreed to ride in support of Froome, in a role reversal of this year’s race. Speaking at the 2013 route announcement, Wiggins said: « It’s more than likely I’ll be there in a helping capacity. For me it was about winning one Tour.

I want to win the Giro. » The British rider needs to win the Giro d’Italia to complete his collection of all three Grand Tours. The lengths of the time trials in next year’s French event have been reduced – in part as a response to Wiggins’ domination this year. Next year’s Tour de France – the 100th edition – will begin on Corsica on June 29 and end on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on July 21, with the riders covering a distance of 3,360km, or 2,090 miles.

Tour de France 2013 route

29 June – Stage 1: Porto Vecchio – Bastia, 212km

30 June – Stage 2: Basta – Ajaccio, 154km

1 July – Stage 3: Ajaccio – Calvi, 145km

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