Bradley Wiggins to decide whether to quit Giro d'Italia ahead of stage 13

Last Updated: 17/05/13 8:26am

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Bradley Wiggins will decide whether to continue at the Giro d'Italia ahead of stage 13

Bradley Wiggins will decide whether to continue at the Giro d'Italia ahead of stage 13

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Sir Bradley Wiggins could quit the Giro d'Italia on Friday morning after illness saw him lose another three minutes to his rivals on Thursday's 12th stage.

Wiggins, who is suffering from a chest infection and head cold, fell to 13th overall, 5min 22sec adrift of leader Vincenzo Nibali, after being dropped by the peloton on a flat day played out in torrential rain.

Team Sky will monitor the 33-year-old Briton overnight and make a decision on his further participation in the race before the start of stage 13.

Colombian Rigoberto Uran, who is 2min 4sec behind Nibali in third in the general classification, will now take over as leader of Team Sky, with Wiggins riding in a support role should he continue.

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford told after stage 12: "We will get back to the hotel and the team doctor will assess him [Wiggins] overnight and then we will take a decision about whether Brad continues, health-permitting, in the morning. He wants to continue in the race and carry on to Brescia with the team.

'Progressively worse'

"Brad developed a head cold and a chest infection and has been on antibiotics. His illness has got progressively worse and we knew ahead of the race this morning it was going to be tough for him to get through the stage.

"When you see a rider of Bradley Wiggins's calibre struggling to hold the wheel in front of him on the flat, you know that he is ill.

"When you are ill, you are ill and all you can do is your best to try and manage that illness. I think he showed great courage to battle through the stage to the finish."

Wiggins looked uncomfortable throughout Thursday's 12th stage and spent the first two-thirds of the day riding at the back of the peloton.

Uran takes over leadership

He was then dropped 25km from home and despite being paced to the line by six team-mates, he finished 3min 17sec behind the main bunch.

It was the latest disappointment of testing Giro that also saw him caught behind a crash on stage four, suffer a fall on stage seven and then sustain a mechanical problem on stage eight's time trial.

Uran, on the other hand, has been in fine form and claimed a superb solo victory on the mountain-top finish on stage 10.

Brailsford added: "Rigoberto did a great job retained his third position overall. He has looked very strong this race and we will now do everything to support him in the race for the general classification."

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