Updated: Friday, 27 June 2014 18:21 | By Agence France-Presse

Wiggins out of Sky's Tour de France team

Former winner Bradley Wiggins was not included in the Sky team announced Friday for this year's Tour de France.

Wiggins out of Sky's Tour de France team

Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Team Sky returns to his team car after signing in for stage five of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara on May 15, 2014 in Pismo Beach, California - by Ezra Shaw

Wiggins, who won the race in 2012 -- the same year he took Olympic time-trial gold -- had long been resigned to being omitted from a team now built around Chris Froome, last year's Tour de France winner, and Sky boss Dave Brailsford confirmed his omission when unveiling his squad.

Instead Froome will be supported by Richie Porte in a nine-strong team also including Geraint Thomas, Mikel Nieve, Bernhard Eisel, Vasil Kiryienka, David Lopez, Danny Pate and Xabier Zandio.

The 21-stage race begins on July 5 in Leeds, England and will conclude on July 27 in Paris.

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