British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton says Sir Bradley Wiggins’ new team will strengthen Team GB’s medal hopes at Rio 2016.
Wiggins finally announced his eponymous team, WIGGINS, earlier today, although details were exclusively released by Cycling Weekly before Christmas.
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With riders such as Owain Doull, Andy Tennant and Steven Burke in the squad, Sutton hopes WIGGINS will boost British hopes in the Team Pursuit in Rio.
“It’s fantastic news and gives us a great opportunity with our team pursuit squad moving forward to Rio with Brad,” he told Sky Sports News.
“It’s a great partnership with Sky and this team allows the young riders of British Cycling to step up and ride alongside a Tour winner like Bradley, which can only be a massive inspiration to everybody within our programme.
“There are a lot of building blocks to go through, but inspiration is a major part of it and Brad does inspire the young guys in this programme.”
Wiggins will join the team when his contract with Team Sky expires at the end of April, although CW understand he will not be able to officially transfer under UCI rules until June.