Orica-GreenEdge eye move for Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins
A parting of the ways between Wiggins and Team Sky appears inevitable when the rider’s contract expires at the end of the season.
The 34-year-old is resigned to missing this year’s Tour de France, with Team Sky throwing their support behind last year’s winner Chris Froome, and has held brief talks with White – a man he previously worked with at Garmin.
Responding to speculation regarding Wiggins, White said: “We are looking for a GC (general classification) guy and that’s the truth. Brad is a guy who would fit into our team, I’ve said that but I can’t elaborate further on who we are interested in.
“It’s a tricky balance but that’s why we have to get the right person. We’ve always said that we’ll move for a GC guy if they fit with our team and if we’re ready.
“We could have started with a GC guy but we had modest ambitions at the start and wanted to win bike races, but the team had to mature.
“Now the team is ready to make that next step if the person is available and willing to come. Then the team is ready to take a lot of opportunities in stage races.
“There’s not a heap of genuine GC riders on the market so that’s why it has taken us a while to identify that person and for them to be available.
“If we can find that right person to fit into the culture of the team then we’re going to go for it.”
White also confirmed Orica will not be encouraging riders from other teams, such as Team Sky’s Richie Porte, to break their contracts.
“There’s no need to cause problems for riders who are still under contract but we’ve got a couple of options out there,” he added.
“There’s one guy I have in mind but there are different plans if that doesn’t come off. Anything is possible in the market but we’re not interested in talking to riders who have contracts for next season.
“Richie Porte will not be coming to the team for next year and I can confirm that. We’re not interested in breaking a rider’s contract.”
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