Post-Tour of Britain cold sees Bradley Wiggins withdrawing from the British National Track Championships

Sir Bradley Wiggins has withdrawn from this weekend’s 2015 British Track National Championships in Manchester after suffering from an illness in the wake of the Tour of Britain.

Wiggins is reportedly suffering from a cold after competing in the ToB with his eponymously-named squad, Team Wiggins.

The 2012 Tour de France winner‘s appearance at the British Track Champs – his first for 10 years – was planned to be part of his preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where he is aiming to take part in the team pursuit and add to his current collection of seven Olympic medals.

One more gold medal would see Wiggins equal rower Sir Steve Redgrave’s tally of five Olympic titles in the all-time list of British Olympians. Track sprinter Sir Chris Hoy is top with six gold medals. However, should Wiggins secure another medal of any colour, he would top the table for the most number of medals overall (eight) as he also has a silver and two bronzes.

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Wiggins left Team Sky in April after competing in Paris-Roubaix, effectively drawing his illustrious road career to a close. He set a new Hour record of 54.526km in June, signalling a successful start to his switch back to the track.

The 35-year-old Londoner took part in the Revolution Track Series opener in Derby in August, partnering with Mark Cavendish in the Madison event.

Wiggins is expected to take part in the European Track Championships in Grenchen, Switzerland, over October 14-18.

The British National Track Championships take place at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester, over September 25-17.

  • Colbw

    Too much money, an inflated ego which comes from having a knighthood and your own team named after you probably does it. What I don’t like is it feels like he thinks the gold medal and his place in Rio is a formality, the Australians are showing world record form and he needs all the track time he can get. Tennant, Clancy, Burke and the others will be in Manchester where as Wiggins thinks he can just turn up to whatever he likes when it suits, he is meant to ride euro tracks and world cup in cali, I guarantee we don’t see him at either.

  • Gary Jogela

    Because he’s pleasing himself what he does?

  • FPCyclist

    You establish excellent points. What gives Bradley? I’ve growing cooler and cooler with him for several years now….he’s become, well, harder to like. Why is that?

  • Colbw

    Don’t mean to be cynical, I am a big Wiggins fan but since 2012 there have been numerous Wiggins pulls out of an event headlines for varying reasons. Only last week a full week after Tour of Britain, Wiggo himself posted a pic on his instagram of him training at Manchester Velodrome which he tagged he was doing 3 sessions. Doesn’t sound like someone who’s Ill. People will have got tickets for a rare opportunity to see Wiggo back on the track and now they have been let down. It seems increasingly like if the event isn’t big enough, Sir Brad can’t be bothered putting the effort in or not attending at all. It doesn’t bode well for Rio when he said he was 100% devoted to the track now.