If you were expecting to see Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) perform at the Volta a Catalunya then you can abandon the expectation because recently Wiggins has announced that instead of participating in the tour which starts on the 24th of March 2014 and ends on the 30th of March 2014, he will devote the time to hill training and climbing.
Earlier, he was going to be a part of the tour to support his teammate Chris Froome (Team Sky). But then Wiggins and his coaches decided that a special training programme will be more beneficial for Wiggins. In the 2013, Volta a Catalunya Bradley Wiggins stood fifth in the general classification.
At the moment, training is being given priority by Wiggins because he wants to regain his previous form in order to perform well in Paris-Roubaix (April), Tour of California (May), Tour de France and Criterium du Dauphine (summer months).
Wiggins actually had a very hectic racing schedule ahead. But this training period is going to give him some free time so that he can focus on his training. He is happy that he has got the opportunity to train and improve himself before he makes a comeback for Paris-Roubaix.
The head of Performance support, Tim Kerrison said that in order to control the burdensome workload of Wiggins, a needs-specific training was essential. Wiggins has actually started off very well this cycling season. He has supported his teammates efficiently and has not participated in the general classification races at the Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy) and Ruta del Sol (Spain).
In relation to his performance at the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico 2014, Wiggins said that certain things went wrong and thus the result was not satisfactory (he came 3rd in the final stage). Wiggins is of the opinion that now the time has come to take the next major step.