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Roche: Wiggins can do the Tour/Giro double

BRADLEY Wiggins can win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 2013, according to Stephen Roche.

The Irishman is one of seven riders to have claimed the double Grand Tour success, achieving the feat in 1987, when he also won the World Championships road race.

Wiggins has stated his 2013 priority is May's Tour of Italy. But France could become a target depending on his recovery, leading to the possibility of a Team Sky leadership battle with Chris Froome, who was runner-up in the 2012 Tour. Froome is considered the more suited to the mountainous route for this summer's 100th Tour.

"By telling everybody Bradley is doing the Giro and the Tour is secondary to him, it's taking a lot of pressure off," said Roche (left). "The Giro's by no means a piece of cake. He's capable of winning. If he wins the Giro or doesn't win the Giro, he'll still go out to win the Tour."

Wiggins yesterday climbed to third place overall in the Volta a Catalunya after stage three's summit finish to the ski resort at Vallter 2000-Setcases at the end of the 180km route from Vidreres. He finished fourth. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) moved into the race lead by finishing second, he is 10 seconds clear of Wiggins in the standings.

Irishman Daniel Martin (Garmin Sharp) finished 19th to go ninth overall. His cousin Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) was a disappointing 58th, leaving him 57th in the classification.


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