Bradley Wiggins wants to ride one more Tour de France, then switch to track cycling for 2016 Olympics
Bradley Wiggins, the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and a seven-time Olympic medal winner, wants his fifth Olympics to be in track cycling.
Wiggins, 33, told The Times his plan is to compete in road cycling one more season before switching back to the velodrome, where he won the first six of his British record-tying seven Olympic medals.
“Having lost weight and muscle the last few years I wouldn’t be able to walk back into that team pursuit squad, so I’m not taking anything for granted, but I am working towards that,” said Wiggins, who won team pursuit bronze in 2000, silver in 2004 and gold in 2008. “It would be nice to finish the career with another Olympic gold.”
Wiggins, who didn’t defend his Tour de France title this year because of injury, said he wouldn’t mind helping Team Sky teammate Chris Froome to another Tour de France title next year rather than going for a second title himself.
“I don’t mind admitting that Chris is probably a better Grand Tour rider than me,” Wiggins told The Times. “He is a much better climber, he can time-trial well. He has age on his side, he has no kids, that’s fine. If Chris wants to, he could potentially win five Tours now. So if I want to win another Tour, I’d probably have to leave the team.”
Wiggins won the British Sports Personality of the Year award for his remarkable 2012, which also included ringing a giant bell at the Olympic opening ceremony and winning the Olympic time trial on the road. It was his first Olympics competing on the road rather than the track.
Froome’s fiancee reportedly said Wiggins has yet to congratulate Froome on his Tour win this July.
“For a start, this is a pathetic excuse -- and it’s not an excuse -- but I don’t have his phone number,” Wiggins told The Times. “The second thing is, a lot of stuff happened with me and him and his girlfriend and it was left in a very bad way and rather than me send him some naff (worthless) little text message, I would rather wait till I see him, genuinely put my hand out and say ‘you know what, that was a good ride’.”
Wiggins said he will ride to support Froome at the World Championships in Florence, Italy, in late September.