Bradley Wiggins, the last Tour de France winner said that he will try to win both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France this year.
The 32-year-old Briton had previously said that he was likely to target the Giro d’Italia in 2013. However more recently he changed his mind and said that he would try to repeat his Tour de France success.
Yesterday, he revealed that he is targeting the “Giro-Tour” double:
“I’m the defending champion. I want to try and win the Giro d’Italia and win the Tour de France behind it. People say it can’t be done, winning two Tours. So let’s have a go at it.”
Chris Froome, Wiggins’ Sky team mate, last years’ Tour de France second-finisher and Vuelta a España runner-up last year, is being tipped to win next year’s Tour as he is more suited to the extra mountain stages. He helped Wiggins to win 2012 Tour de France, and previously revealed that he is targeting the Tour de France and UCI Road World Championships in Toscana (Tuscany) for 2013 season. He looked stronger in the mountains, although Wiggins was superior in the time trials. However 2013 Tour is more mountainous than the 2012 edition and also has fewer time trial kilometers.
Wiggins wants to join the greats. Only seven cyclists achieved Giro-Tour Double in history, and the last one was in 1998:
|1992, 1993||Miguel Indurain||Spain|
|1982, 1985||Bernard Hinault||France|
|1970, 1972, 1974||Eddy Merckx||Belgium|
|1949, 1952||Fausto Coppi||Italy|