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Team Sky drop Wiggins, Froome for Giro

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.

Bradley Wiggins's place in the Tour de France looks under threat after last year's winner and Team Sky team mate Chris Froome, pictured, suggested he would prefer Australian Richie Porte as his number two. Photo: Bryn Lennon. Credit: 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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