Dave Brailsford announced in a podcast that Thomas will be saved for the Giro d'Italia. He believes that individuals should not be viewed by nationality but that everyone should unite and thus come to victories. "Ultimately, this is about the team winning and not nationalities or emotions or loyalties and everyone is part of that decision in that team," Wiggins said on the latest podcast, as quoted by Eurosport "Winning is the standard and there is no second place for that team.
If you have won it, there is no second place for Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas. No one anticipated G not getting selected. "It shows you the strength in depth in that team and the forward planning. They don't make these selections lightly and Egan Bernal is clearly the one they are putting their money on.
They have always had this goal of trying to win all three Grand Tours as a team."
He thinks that everyone on the team is happy and satisfied "People are assuming they are not happy, but as athletes and previous winners they don't want to go to the Tour if they are not in the shape they have been in previous years," Wiggins added.
"G is at the standard where he should be targeting Grand Tours and if he had the form he would be in that Tour team because you don't leave Geraint Thomas out of a Tour team lightly, that's a big decision to make.
And Geraint would have been part of that decision. He's one of the best team-mates I've ever had." "Froome is on a forward trajectory, and he has got a chance to win the Vuelta - I wouldn't put it past him and he will certainly be up there.
This is going to assist him. "I can imagine that by the time we get to the Tour de France next year, all being well, we could say that Chris Froome will be back as a leader going for number five." He talked about Brailsford’s management about which he had only nice words "There is constant communication with the trainers and he will be in communication with Geraint and Froome all the time and they will foresee this," Wiggins said.
"G would probably be the first to say that he could do a job for Egan, but Dave would have said: 'Don't worry about the Tour, let's go for the Giro instead' He gives respect to the riders in that sense."