Bradley Wiggins believes there's still life in his 35-year-old legs after driving Great Britain to within two laps of team pursuit gold at the London Track Worlds.

Sir Bradley Wiggins believes there’s more speed to come from him, having been Britain’s best performer in the team pursuit at today’s Track World Championships.

The 35-year-old was part of the British quartet alongside Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben and Owain Doull who finished second behind Australia in the discipline in London this evening, despite producing their fastest ride since London 2012.

Wiggins produced two, two-lap turns in the final, the last of which put Britain ahead going into the final 500 metres. However, already down to three men, a tiring Clancy was then dropped from the line and caused the team to slow.

Bradley Wiggins on the front during the team pursuit final, Track World Championships 2016

Bradley Wiggins on the front during the team pursuit final against Australia

“It’s the strongest set of team pursuting I’ve ever done, two-and-a-half lap turns on 14.0[-second lap times],” said Wiggins.

“That is the strongest I’ve been in a team pursuit, so there’s a bit of life left in me yet, and I’ve got another four or five months to get a bit better.

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“I could sense it was close two or three laps to go. We had a race on here and we’ll have a race on in Rio, but I think we’ll get over the line first in Rio.”

GB endurance coach Heiko Salzwedel admitted Wiggins was the team’s strongest rider, but insisted he is not guaranteed of a ride at this summer’s Olympics.

Bradley Wiggins relaxes before the team pursuit final, Track World Championships 2016

Bradley Wiggins relaxes before the team pursuit final

Salzwedel added: “Nobody is guaranteed of a ride, he has to press on. But certainly it’s a big step forward, he’s closer to his goal.

“He made a lot of sacrifices, he’s invested a lot of his own energy to be with the team.”

Clancy’s return to competition in the final came just months after he suffered a career-threatening back injury.

“I said to him a couple of weeks ago he’s the one man who’s probably irreplaceable,” said Wiggins.

  • Malaprop

    GB endurance coach Heiko Salzwedel admitted Wiggins was the team’s strongest rider, but insisted he is not guaranteed of a ride at this summer’s Olympics.

    Ridiculous statement by the coach. He may as well have added “If he’s too fast for the rest to hang on to, then he won’t make the team.”

  • J1

    Wiggins said it himself first.

    Clancy wasn’t good enough. Shouldn’t have competed.

  • Mike Prytherch

    Wiggo isn’t guaranteed a ride, is he serious ? he was by far the strongest rider in the GB team, instead saying that about Wiggo he should be focusing on getting 3 other riders who can live with him

  • David Parker

    Solid effort by Team wiggo but don’t forget Australia still have their best TP riders to come in, Bobridge and Edmondson. Great campaign for aussies when you consider Hepburn returned to Track 3 months ago and two riders were in junior ranks last year, first ride in Elite Worlds and now Champs. Can only get better!