He?s got gold in the individual pursuit and gold in the team pursuit. So what?s Bradley Wiggins’s take on medal challenge number three ? the Madison?
?I haven?t even thought about tomorrow,? Wiggins said. ?In fact I haven?t even touched my Madison bike, so I?d better get it out and see what?s possible.
?I spoke to Cav [Mark Cavendish] this morning, in fact I was a bit pissed at him because he woke me up ? he?s just like a schoolkid he?s so up for it.?
Ambitions could not be higher for Cavendish and Wiggins in the Madison. They?re already world champions in the discipline, but with so much GB cycling success at this Olympics nothing less than the top prize will do.
?We?ll have a good chat with Shane [Sutton] tomorrow cos he?s the master tactician and we?ll be waiting, firing for gold. A medal won?t do now tomorrow, it?s got to be gold.?
But at the same time, Wiggins is aware of just how unpredictable a race like the Madison could be.
?The Madison is the hardest [track race] of the lot,? he insisted. ?We could be the strongest and have a crash early on, so we?ll see.
?We?ll be careful, we?re current world champions, we just have to make sure we play it right.?
Any worries? ?Physically it?s possible to combine so many events [individual pursuit, team pursuit, Madison], just sometimes these things are hard to put into practice.
?For me the big pressure events are over now [the individual and team pursuit], all that getting up on that line and facing the countdown.
?I enjoy the Madison and that?s that. It is difficult going from two kind of steady state race [like the team pursuit] to one which is stop and go, but we do 70 kilometres an hour here [in the team pursuit], and there?s not many people going to faster than that.
?Most of the Six-Day guys just pose around on the blue [line at the bottom of the banking] when they?re training and you come in and watch them. You get them in the race and they?re really going good.?
On Tuesday it is possible that both he and Chris Hoy could take three golds. Wiggins says he?s convinced both he and Hoy are ready for it to happen.
?Chris has been preparing for this all along, and Chris was going for that, it looks like Jason Kenny’s going to be his strongest opponent, and it?s a bit more of a lottery, but even if we didn?t two medals is not bad.
?I think it?s just the level we?ve got to. Winning the indiviudal was quite surreal, I spent an hour on it and then put it away in a drawer.
?Then I was thinking if I didn?t win tonight what a huge disappointment it would be and then I thought hang on, you?ve already got one gold. I was quite confused, actually!?
|OLYMPIC GAMES 2008: TRACK|
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|OLYMPIC GAMES 2008: NEWS|
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|OLYMPIC GAMES 2008: ROAD|
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