Dave Brailsford pays tribute to Bradley Wiggins' Team Sky contribution

Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford describes Sir Bradley Wiggins as one of the most versatile athletes he has ever seen

Sir Dave Brailsford believes fellow knight Sir Bradley Wiggins still has some moments of greatness left as his career comes to a close.

Wiggins will race with Brailsford’s Team Sky until the end of April, before joining up with his own development team, WIGGINS.

But the Sky boss admits replacing the 2012 Tour de France winner will be a considerable challenge.

“As soon as you think about trying to replace someone like Bradley, you back yourself into a corner,” Brailsford told Press Association Sport (opens in new tab).

“His contribution to this team has been phenomenal, absolutely remarkable.

“We set out to win the Tour with a clean, British rider and that's what he did.

“He's an incredible athlete, he's one of the most versatile athletes the sport has ever seen - he can ride on the track, win time trials, win mountain stages.

“That's why we all believe he can be a great athlete even as he comes to the end of his career.”

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.