Bradley Wiggins won't get the chance to defend his Tour de France title this year.
Team Sky announced Friday that the first British rider ever to win the event won't have sufficient time to train for this year's race due to an ongoing knee problem.
“It’s a huge disappointment not to make the Tour," Wiggins told the Team Sky website. "I desperately wanted to be there, for the team and for all the fans along the way -- but it’s not going to happen. I can’t train the way I need to train and I’m not going to be ready."
Wiggins has been battling inflammation in his left knee for several weeks. He also had to withdraw during the Giro d'Italia earlier this month due to a chest infection, a condition that team doctor Richard Freeman said has since cleared up.