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Bradley Wiggins set to miss Tour de France

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Bradley Wiggins, one of the stars of the London Olympics and the 2012 Tour de France winner, expects to miss this year’s Tour de France, stoking his rivalry with Team Sky teammate and defending Tour champion Chris Froome.

“I am gutted,” Wiggins, who co-owns the British record with seven Olympic medals, told the BBC on Friday. “I feel I am in the form where I was two years ago at the 2012 Tour de France. I also understand that cycling is a team sport, and at the end of the day it’s about the team winning, and that team is Team Sky, and Chris is defending champion.

Wiggins said he could still be on the Team Sky roster for July’s Tour de France if Froome suffers injury in next week’s Criterium du Dauphine.

“As defending champion, [Froome] has a say who he has around him,” Wiggins, 34, told the BBC. “He’s had guys that go to all his buildup races, training camps throughout the year, his kind of group of riders. Obviously, I’ve been following a different path.”

Wiggins and Froome have had icy relations since at least the 2012 Tour, when Wiggins was Team Sky’s leader with Froome as a support rider. Wiggins went on to win Olympic gold in the time trial in London, with Froome bagging bronze.

Froome won the 2013 Tour de France as Team Sky’s leader, but Wiggins was absent from the stage race, citing a knee injury. Wiggins and Froome have not ridden together in any race this season.

Wiggins had previously said since last year that he was willing to return to the Tour as a support rider for Froome.

Wiggins’ contract with Team Sky is up at the end of the season.

“Now if I want to go to the Tour again, the reality is that I might have to go elsewhere,” he said.

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Marc Leishman will miss Olympics due to wife’s health, Zika

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Australian golfer Marc Leishman will miss the Rio Olympics due to his wife’s health.

“Many of you may know that last April my children and I almost lost my wife, Audrey, to toxic shock syndrome,” Leishman said in a statement. “Since then Audrey has been prone to infection and is far removed from 100 percent recovery of her immune system.

“We have consulted with Audrey’s physician and due to her ongoing recovery from toxic shock and potential risks associated with the transmission of the Zika virus, it was a difficult yet easy decision not to participate.

“I missed playing in the 2015 Masters tournament to be at her side when she was originally stricken and I cannot risk placing her health in jeopardy.

“The Masters and the Olympics are the two biggest tournaments to which a golfer can be invited; however, my family will always come before golf.”

Leishman, 32 with one PGA Tour win, joined the projected Olympic field when countryman Adam Scott said last month that he would skip Rio.

World No. 1 Jason Day is assured one of two Olympic spots for Australian men when the 60-man field is determined based on July 11 world rankings.

With No. 7 Scott and No. 35 Leishman out, the next-best Aussie is No. 63 Marcus Fraser.

Three more major champions — Vijay Singh, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel — also said in April they would not compete in Rio.

Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

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Rory McIlroy worried Olympic golf may be done after 2020

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Rory McIlroy believes golf may not remain in the Olympics after 2020 following a string of major champions announcing they will skip the sport’s return at the Rio Games.

“Because of how [Olympic golf is] being approached in golf circles … I’m not sure if we’re going to have another opportunity to win a gold medal after [Tokyo 2020],” McIlroy said ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.

In 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to re-add golf and rugby to the Olympic program for the 2016 Olympics, with a review in 2017 if they would remain for the 2020 Olympics.

In 2013, Tokyo was elected host city for the 2020 Olympics with a plan that includes golf.

Beyond 2020, golf does not yet have a place in the Olympics. Its chances for the 2024 Olympics could come into focus when that host city is chosen in September 2017.

McIlroy, ranked No. 3 in the world, has repeated he will play for Ireland in the first Olympic golf tournament since 1904 in Rio in August.

Fellow major champions Adam ScottLouis OosthuizenCharl Schwartzel and Vijay Singh said last month they will not play in the Rio Olympics.

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