Sir Bradley Wiggins has made no secret of his desire to win Paris-Roubaix in 2015 and is forgoing competing at the track World Cup in London this weekend to focus on training for his final races on the road with Team Sky.
British Cycling confirmed to CW that the world time trial champion has not trained with the British track team since the Commonwealth Games, preferring instead to prepare for the Hell of the North next April and his subsequent Hour Record attempt.
Wiggins himself had intimated that the London World Cup was a target when speaking at the Tour of Britain, but rather than travelling to the Lee Valley Velodrome, Wiggins has been training in Northern France.
The 2012 Tour de France winner posted a picture on his Instagram account today (December 2) of his training on the Roubaix cobbles, showing Bernhard Eisel covered in mud after a spill.
Wiggins’ continued absence from the track would also likely rule him out of contention for selection to Great Britain’s squad for the World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in February. Although he doesn’t have to score qualification points in order to ride, it is unlikely he will jump in to the team pursuit squad at short notice.
BC’s technical director Shane Sutton said the team’s target for the London meet was to obtain Olympic qualification points, but Wiggins seems content to wait until next winter to start building his tally ahead of Rio 2016.