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Wiggins will aim to win the 2013 Giro, laments Armstrong scandal


Wiggins preferred to talk about the future, not the past, on Wednesday and he said that his plan for 2013 will be very different than in 2012.

After making history as the first British Tour winner — and the first rider to win Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné in a single season — Wiggins says he is taking a new challenge and will take aim for the Giro d’Italia.

Wiggins confirmed that he would race the Giro to win, and then see what happens in the Tour de France.

“I will be going to the Giro 100 percent,” he said. “That was always the plan since the Olympics, to try to win the Giro. How that affects my chances at the Tour, I don’t know. It’s very difficult to compete at the top level in two grand tours in one year.”

Wiggins has raced the Giro four times, and won the pink jersey in the Amsterdam prologue in 2010, when he beat American Brent Bookwalter by two seconds.

He said the history and allure of the Giro make it a natural next step in his professional trajectory.

“The Giro is for me is as historical as the Tour de France. It’s one that I would like to add to my palmarès. I’ve conquered the Tour,” he said. “It was always about winning one Tour de France. I’d like to go to the Giro now and see what I can do there.”