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Team Sky drop Wiggins, Froome for Giro

Cycling

Manchester, England - This year's Giro d'Italia will be missing two of cycling's biggest names after Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, the last two winners of the Tour de France, were left out of Team Sky's nine-man lineup for the May 9-June 1 race.

Wiggins is competing in the Tour of California in May while Froome is being rested ahead of the defense of his Tour de France title in July.

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MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, FRANCE - JULY 10: Chris Froome of Great Britain riding for Sky Procycling takes the podium after defending the overall race leader's yellow jersey during stage eleven of the 2013 Tour de France, a 33KM Individual Time Trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel, on July 10, 2013 in Mont-Saint-Michel, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The British team will also be without Australian rider Richie Porte, whose season has been disrupted by illness. Porte is looking to be at full fitness to support Froome at the Tour de France.

Irish rider Philip Deignan will compete in his first Grand Tour for the Team Sky. Three stages of the Giro are in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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