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PARIS -- Bradley Wiggins will not defend his Tour de France title after a knee problem forced him to pull out of the biggest race in cycling -- giving teammate Chris Froome the chance to win it after finishing a frustrating second last year. Chaussures New Balance En Soldes . The British rider withdrew before the 13th stage of the Giro dItalia two weeks ago due to a chest infection and has not been able to train properly. Team Sky said Friday that Wiggins also has "an ongoing knee condition," and would not be included in the squad for the Tour. "Its a huge disappointment not to make the Tour. I desperately wanted be there, for the team and for all the fans along the way -- but its not going to happen," Wiggins said in a team statement. "I cant train the way I need to train and Im not going to be ready. Once you accept that, its almost a relief not having to worry about the injury and the race against time." Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour last year. In an astonishingly successful season, he also won the Paris-Nice stage race, Tour de Romandie, the Dauphine Libere and took Olympic gold in dominant fashion in the time trial. "Its a big loss but, given these circumstances, we wont consider him for selection," Skys team principal Dave Brailsford said. "Its incredibly sad to have the reigning champion at Team Sky but not lining up at the Tour. But hes a champion, a formidable athlete and will come back winning as he has before." With Wiggins out, last years runner-up Froome will become the undisputed team leader when the race starts on June 29. Sky had already said that Froome would be its team leader at this years Tour, although Wiggins had indicated that he may have tried to ride for victory if he was in contention toward the end of the race. Relations between the two were frosty during last years Tour, with the 28-year-old Froome sometimes looking much the stronger rider in the climbs but being thwarted by team orders to support Wiggins rather than try and attack him. This started off a spat between Wiggins wife and Froomes girlfriend, as they took to show support for their partners by exchanging barbs on Twitter. Froome finished second at the Spanish Vuelta two years ago and got a bronze medal in the Olympic time trial. He has shown good form this year by winning the Criterium International and Tour de Romandie. Wiggins was looking to follow up his Tour success with a Giro win until his bid was derailed by illness. Although his chest infection has cleared up, team doctor Richard Freeman says there are still concerns over his knee problem. "However, further medical investigations on the knee injury that we were managing at the Giro showed the condition was more significant than we thought," Freeman said. "It has needed intensive treatment and, whilst it will be fully resolved, Bradley now needs to rest completely for five days before a gradual, return to full training over a period of two to three weeks." Wiggins had to withdraw from the 2011 Tour early on after breaking his collarbone in a crash. He has vowed to come back stronger from this latest setback. "Ive been through this before, when I broke my collarbone, so I know how it works. Ill get this sorted, set new goals for this season and focus on those," Wiggins said. "This team has so many riders in great shape, ready for selection and we set incredible standards for performance which shouldnt be compromised. We need to have the best chance to win." New Balance Pas Cher France . Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran striker will get another chance -- probably his last -- at the World Cup after Salomon Kalous injury-time strike sealed the Ivorians place in Brazil next year. New Balance Pas Cher . Hazard cut in from the left and scored with a swerving right-footed shot for ninth goal of the season, which proved to be enough for the victory despite Chelseas forwards again lacking a cutting edge up front. .com) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric care unit in Arizona. Coyotes players realize that the expectation outside the organization is that theyre going to be pretty good in the future. Once some of these high-profile picks start to mature, watch out. Right?Max Domi and the other current players have different plans. The Coyotes have bottomed out in their rebuilding effort and now he wants to see them make serious positive strides in the standings.I always laugh when people say, Youre going to be good in a few years. Why in a few years? Domi said during a recent phone interview. What do you mean, in a few years? With the moves weve made ... theres no reason we cant win night in and night out.Last season, the Coyotes needed a few breaks to get two points in a game. They needed the other team to play lousy. They needed high-end goaltending. Basically, they were overmatched.Internally, they now believe that if they play well, they can play with any team, regardless of how the opposition is playing.The key will be getting consistent play from a roster full of young players. Domi came out strong in 2015 but admitted he struggled later in the season -- even after everyone had warned him that harder times were coming.You have to battle the uphill battle, he said. Youre trying to elevate your game as much as you can but so does the rest of the league. Its almost like playoff hockey comes in December.Best new facesGeneral manager John Chaykas trade for free-agent defenseman Alex Goligoskis?rights raised eyebrows.?Why in the world would a veteran, puck-moving defenseman wait all these years to get a shot at free agency -- and then sign with the Coyotes? He did exactly that and at a very reasonable number ($5.475 million per season), showing just how convinced the Coyotes must be of their plans moving forward.Hell make a big difference on a defense that desperately needed him.Its unbelievable the passes and plays he can make, Domi said of Goligoski. You can tell his presence; its pretty unbelievable. Hes a mature guy who is definitely a leader. Hes going to help lead this team in the right direction.The signing of Jamie McGinn was a nice veteran addition on the wing. Hell push 20 goals -- and taking a $1 million flier on Radim Vrbata wont hurt. Theres insurance if some of the kids arent completely ready.Biggest unknowwnsThe prospects. Destockage New Balance. The Coyotes have an extremely deep prospect pool. Its just hard to project exactly when theyre going to make consistent NHL contributions.Dylan Strome had 111 points in 56 games last season in the OHL and will be given every opportunity to play in the NHL this season.He looked great last year [in camp], said Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Hes one year older now. I think hes going to come in and do what [Anthony Duclair] and Max [Domi] did last year.It will be interesting to see if theres any temptation to keep defenseman?Jakob Chychrun?around to give him a taste of the NHL. The Coyotes are still thin on defense, an area Chayka might try to look externally for help.Goaltending remains a bit of an unknown. The Coyotes still have?Mike Smith?locked up for three more years at $5.6 million per season, a high sticker price for a guy who has a save percentage in the .915 range.Sure thingsThere are plenty of questions surrounding the Coyotes, but there are two constants: coach Dave Tippett and Ekman-Larsson. Ekman-Larsson has now put up consecutive 20-goal seasons and has been a positive possession player on a team that has spent more of its time defending than on the attack. When the Coyotes get going as a franchise, the hockey world will get a true appreciation for just how important Ekman-Larsson is as a player. Hes dynamic, but that has been lost on a bad team for the past couple years. If Arizona makes a playoff push, hell get Norris Trophy consideration.And then theres Tippett. The one sure thing is that hes going to maximize talent. Having Tippett around last season may have even cost the Coyotes a shot at Auston Matthews because Tippett managed to scratch out wins with a group that was often overmatched. The payoff is that hes absolutely the right guy to guide all this young talent moving forward.PredictionThis isnt a playoff team yet, but its headed in the right direction. At some point the Coyotes will catch the aging former powers, such as the?Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, just not yet. Theyll have to settle for a sixth-place finish -- above Vancouver -- in the division. Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike Basketball Jerseys Hockey Jerseys China Supply Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Sale Authentic College Jerseys MLB Jerseys China Stitched Soccer Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Jerseys ' ' ' 

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