CHARLES GRAHAM - Back on the saddle before too long

MY half-term holiday reading has been Sir Bradley Wiggins’s tale of how he won last year’s Tour de France.

I was lent My Time out of the blue, but the timing of it couldn’t have been better, so I thought. After all, I could bone up on what it takes to win the world’s most famous cycling race, just in time for the adopted Wiganer to make his assault on this year’s title.

But I had barely got through a quarter of the tome before news came through that Wiggo was pulling out of the 2013 event.

The persistent chest infection which wrecked his Giro D’Italia, plus a niggling injury, have thrown his preparations into disarray.

And having discovered just how much training and how many things need to go right for you to be in shape for the three-week classic, I can see why he has decided there was little point in defending his title.

Some have been saying that the Olympic great is now facing a career crisis and that he may never regain his peak form.

But former Tour winner Stephen Roche was quick to step into the fray this week and state that our Brad has plenty more races in his legs yet. The man himself admitted that he was never likely to replicate the riches of 2012, but that is far from suggesting he is a busted flush.

I’m sure we’ll see him back in the saddle soon enough and back to his winning ways. Maybe with a bit of convalescence on his hands he might finally find the time to pick up his knighthood from the palace too!