Wiggins and Cavendish to miss 2008 Tour

Olympic Games more important for Britain

British riders Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will not compete in next year's Tour de France. The pair will sacrifice any potential glory from Le Grand Boucle in order to concentrate on their preparation for the Olympic Games in Bejing.

The riders, currently competing in the Six Days of Ghent, will focus on track racing during the first part of the season before riding the Giro d'Italia in May. Cavendish, speaking to BBC Sport said: "I know the Tour is more important than the Olympics, but in Britain that's not the case."

The Manxman will, however, be aiming to grab a stage win at the Giro and to complete the event according to British Under-23 coach Rob Ellingworth.

"A stage win in the Giro is maybe more manageable than at the Tour. It's a sensible approach. Mark dreams big but he knows he can't achieve everything at once," he said.

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