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Team Sky duo will not combine until Tour

New Team Sky colleagues Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will not be racing together until next summer's Tour de France after Wiggins confirmed his early season plans.

 
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The two British stars have very different early season goals and those awaiting the partnership will now have to wait until the road season's showpiece event in July.

Wiggins explained his early season plans at a news conference and outlined his objectives ahead of the campaign.

"I'll start off at the Tour of Algarve before moving on to Paris-Nice and the Tour of Catalonia," Wiggins said. "So I won't see Mark until the Tour de France.

"I still haven't really had a look at the route for the Tour yet. It's still only December and I'll get Christmas out of the way first. After that my team will start drip-feeding me my training plans and bit of information about it."

Wiggins elected to highlight the road world championships in Copenhagen when asked about his achievements, where he was part of the Great Britain team that helped Cavendish to victory.

"It was the Worlds that gave me most satisfaction, especially after my crash in the Tour de France," he said.

"To perform so well after everyone was writing us off throughout the race on Twitter and the like was hugely satisfying. Afterwards, of course, we were the best thing since sliced bread.

"The way Cav was able to come through and do it was amazing and I doubt we'll ever see anyone do it like that again."

He added: "It's rare to get so much satisfaction from seeing someone else win."

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