Bradley Wiggins ruled out of Tour de France

Last updated at 15:31
Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins has been ruled out of this year's Tour de France cycle race.

The defending champion has been left unable to train after suffering a chest infection and a knee injury.

Wiggins said: "It's 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 it's not going to happen."

Two weeks ago, Wiggins pulled out of the Giro d'Italia race because of illness.

He added: "I can't train the way I need to train and I'm not going to be ready. Once you accept that, it's almost a relief not having to worry about the injury and the race against time."

Wiggins became the first British winner of the Tour de France last year.

A statement from Team Sky said: "With illness, injury and treatment Brad has gone past the point where he can be ready for the Tour. It's a big loss but, given these circumstances, we won't consider him for selection."