Cycling: Bradley Wiggins hoping for Tour and Giro double

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TEAM Sky’s Sir Bradley Wiggins admits winning the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France back-to-back this summer would be “the dream” – but one he expects team-mate Chris Froome to dash.

Becoming the first Briton to win the Tour before taking Olympic time trial gold last year has seen Wiggins become one of the biggest stars in sport, winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and being knighted in the New Year’s Honours list. Wiggins is looking to add to his lengthy list of achievements this year, with his main ambition being the Giro d’Italia.

The 32-year-old would love the chance to follow that up by retaining the Tour de France he won in such style, although he accepts Froome, last year’s runner-up, is likely to wrestle Team Sky leadership from him.

“Winning the Giro and Tour back-to-back, that is the dream,” Wiggins said. “I’d love to do it if I get the opportunity to. Chris is going to focus on the Tour, I am going to focus on the Giro and be as good as I can be at the Tour.

“If that means I am in a support role or get given leadership at this stage, it is far too early to tell.”