Ever since Bradley Wiggins came in fourth on the Tour de France way back in July there has been talk of him joining the new Sky team.
Bradley seemed to drop little hints but when pushed on the subject always denied it. Indeed as recently as last Saturday evening at the Manchester Velodrome he said "Once we get into January and it's apparent I'm still with Garmin everything will settle down. I'm under contract to Garmin so I'll be racing with them".
Well he HAS signed with Sky.
He had a contract with Garmin until the end of 2010 and after last years T de F placing the only way that Garmin would have released him from his contract was for an offer that could not be turned down. That means loads of the folding stuff........!!
At the time of writing this posting Garmin have still not made any mention of this on the Team website.
On the Team Sky website the signing is of course mentioned but it is interesting to note that in the Bradley Wiggins 'fact file' on the site no mention has been made of him ever being with the Garmin team. Mention is made of his various achievements on the track and the Olympics but no mention of his fourth place in last years tour whilst he was with Team GARMIN.
Before everybody overlooks the fact that Bradley was a Garmin rider for a short but important period of his career- just take a look at the Garmin shirt in the photo above with Bradley's signature on the front. This is part of my collection which I acquired direct from the team just prior to this years T de F .
A week appears to be a long time in sport- particularly where money is concerned..........!!!
It will be interesting to see if Wiggins can match or better his place in next years tour with team sky?
It certainly will. He has the ability to do well as he showed us all this year.
Let's see how Wiggins does this year. I really don't see him as a great climber and that is going to hurt him and others like him at the 2010 Tour de France.
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