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Tour de Suisse 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins suffers another blow to Tour de France hopes after he is ruled out of Switzerland Tour with a knee injury

Wiggins is unlikely to feature in Team Sky's line-up to tackle the Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins crashed with 26 kilometres remaining and now lies 14 minutes adrift of leader Tony Martin in the Tour of Switzerland

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The 2012 Tour de France winner now lies 14 minutes behind leader Tony Martin

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Mountain to climb: Richie Porte, right, is followed by Chris Froome and his rival Alberto Contador

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With less than three weeks to go to the Tour de France, defending champion Chris Froome suffered an unexpected setback yesterday when he lost the lead of the Critérium du Dauphiné race to arch-rival Alberto Contador of Spain.

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Chris Froome suffered a late crash on the sixth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné yesterday, but the Briton retained his overall lead with two stages remaining.

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins among strong English cycling team

The multiple Olympic gold medallist is not expected to ride in this year's Tour de France

Chris Froome on his way to victory during yesterday’s time trial

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Froome now leads his nearest rival by 12 seconds after winning the two opening stages

Chris Froome on his way to victory during yesterday’s time trial

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Wiggins on his winning ride in 2011

Tour de France 2014: Sky accused of 'low' act by leaving Sir Bradley Wiggins out of team

Former British cycling great Robert Millar has criticised the likely non-selection of Sir Bradley Wiggins for Team Sky's line-up in the Tour de France this year, calling it "the ultimate snub for the [Tour de France's] Grand Depart in Yorkshire."

Sir Bradley Wiggins (left) said he would ride for Chris Froome (right) in this year’s Tour de France, but Team Sky decided otherwise

Alasdair Fotheringham: Sky have taken risk by discarding Tour de France expert Sir Bradley Wiggins

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Tour de France 2014: Chris Froome claims Sir Bradley Wiggins was 'mentally weak' during 2012 win

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The Tour de Suisse will better suit Sir Bradley Wiggins

Tour de France 2014: Sky prepare to overlook Sir Bradley Wiggins as Chris Froome's No 2

Richie Porte will support the 2013 winner in the Critérium du Dauphiné

Quintana unveils grand ambitions after powering to Giro victory

Nairo Quintana plans to target next year’s Tour de France after celebrating victory in the Giro d’Italia yesterday.

Tour winner Chris Froome said three top hopes for this year’s race have not been tested at a training camp

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