Wiggins May Go for Giro-Tour Double In 2013

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WIGAN, England (AP) - Bradley Wiggins may try the rare Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double.

The Giro is his priority this year, and Wiggins has previously suggested he will be a support rider for Team Sky colleague and British compatriot Chris Froome at the Tour.

But Wiggins, the defending Tour champ, says "at this stage, it may be that we end up joint leaders for that first week" of the event "until the racing decides."

Only seven riders have completed the Giro-Tour double in the same year, including Wiggins' idol, Miguel Indurain. The last person to do it was Marco Pantani in 1998.

Wiggins said Monday "I have more belief in my climbing ability than ever."

The three-week Giro starts Saturday. The Tour is June 29-July 21.