As predicted by this magazine back in June, Sir Bradley Wiggins will indeed be going for gold in Rio. Last year’s Tour de France winner told the Times on Monday that he plans to quit road racing next summer and then spend two years back on the track in a bid to earn his place in the Olympic team pursuit squad.
“I’m going to continue to the next Olympics and try for a fifth gold. That’s the plan,” he said.
“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 it for granted, but I’m working towards that. It would be nice to finish my career with another Olympic gold.”
Apparently Bradley’s Grand Tour days are already behind him. Having begun the process of changing his physique in preparation for the World Time Trial Championship next month, there’s no turning back. The stick-thin, Tour-winning Wiggo is already a thing of the past.
“I can’t put all this weight on and then suddenly lose muscle and do GC again,” he said.
Wiggins says he’d still like to ride next year’s Tour in a supporting role to Chris Froome before he retires from Team Sky in a year’s time.
Don’t miss your chance to see him before he quits the road. Sir Bradley will be in action in the Tour of Britain next month and it’s still possible to find budget airline return flights for £100 to Italy for the Worlds.
This article was first published in the August 22 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!