And, it was at the training camp in Alcudia before Christmas, on December 15 to be precise, that Bradley and his team captains agreed that this year he would go for the Giro d'Italia while team mate Chris Froome would lead Team Sky in the Tour de France.
Bradley admitted that it is very unusual for a Tour de France champion not to return the following year to defend his title but explained that the team has pretty much made its decision and now everyone knows what their targets and challenges are for the coming season which for Bradley starts here in Majorca a week on Sunday. Initially for me I strived for what seemed like a very long time, but in fact it was only four years since I joined the team, to win the Tour de France. So it was always about winning, not about winning one and then a second and a third, it was about winning the first and we've done that. So after the Olympics I had a lot of thinking to do and there are a lot of other things in this sport that I would love to do and the Tour of Italy is always something I've always wanted to go back to but, because we were committed to winning the Tour de France and with the Giro always coming before it, it was always crossed off, but now that's all changed and having won the Tour I am able to try and win the Tour of Italy which I'd love to do after having put in such a poor performance back in 2010 and have that on my wall as well. So that is why I got back into training pretty much straight after the Olympics in order to be ready for Italy in May, Bradley said. In fact, within just a few days after the Olympics I told my wife I'd love to win the Tour of Italy and that is what I am going to try and do this year. Continued over.