Bradley Wiggins gains weight to take on Paris-Roubaix

Bradley Wiggins says that he's gained three to four kilos since 2012 Tour de France to increase his power to challenge in Paris-Roubaix - Will only race in Scheldeprijs before Paris-Roubaix on April 13 - Aims to lose weight after Roubaix to get back into Grand Tour condition

Bradley Wiggins during Stage 2 of the 2014 Tirreno Adriatico

(Image credit: Watson)

Bradley Wiggins said that he on track for Paris-Roubaix despite a slimmed down racing programme. He decided to skip the Volta a Catalunya stage race in Spain this week and to only race Scheldeprijs before aiming at the Hell of the North on April 13.

"Roubaix is different than all the others," Team Sky's star told Cycling Weekly. "For me it's always been like a time trial. It's about having the legs and getting past, getting to the point where most of the guys have gone, which is 60 to 70 kilometres to go, and it's a smaller group. Then it becomes about having the fitness and the legs. I think that's a priority more than having done all the classics."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.