Wiggins to use Olympic gold as new motivation
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 11.00pm
Bradley Wiggins, or 'Wiggo' to his mates, is hoping to hit form on the road by the time the Tour of
Britain's Olympic champion, Bradley Wiggins, this week swaps the boards of Athens for the asphalt of England and Wales at the Tour of Britain. Following his success on the track at the Olympics, Crdit Agricole pro Wiggins says he is going to focus his attentions on the road next season, and hopes to give the public a taster of what he is capable of at this week's Tour of Britain. Wiggins, who took gold in the individual pursuit, silver in the team pursuit and bronze in the Madison in Athens, was speaking at a press conference in Manchester on Tuesday, the day before the five-day race's first stage. The 24 year old said that he was going to concentrate on the road for the next two years. "I've been world champion in the pursuit, I've won gold at the Olympics. There's nothing left for me to do on the track," Wiggins said. He admitted that after a disastrous early season on the road, he might even have contemplated retirement if he hadn't been as successful at the Games. "Gold has given me a lot of motivation again," he grinned. He also revealed that he is unlikely to ride on the six-day circuit this winter, or contest the time trial world championship in Verona, Italy, in October as instead the commercial side of his Olympic success takes over - including an appearance on the TV show Superstars. "But then I'll hit my goals for next year on the road," said Wiggins. Those goals could include prologue time trials: short, sharp efforts against the clock, not dissimilar to the 4000m pursuit. "That would be the obvious next step for me," said Wiggins, "but maybe I'd like to explore riding three-week races. "I could be sitting here in five to six years' time talking about winning the Tour de France," he said, seriously. "Why not? I'm setting new limits all the time." Evaluating his chances in the Tour of Britain, which will be one of his last races of the season, but which will be a race where roadside support for the Olympic hero will be huge, Wiggins said: "The only pressure this week is from myself. I may not be up there on [the hilly] stages one or two, but come Westminster on Sunday, less than two miles from where I grew up, I will try to enjoy myself."
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