Wiggins gets road career on track

Bradley Wiggins reflects on a good start to his road programme for the season at the TDU and looks t

Bradley Wiggins reflects on a good start to his road programme for the season at the TDU and looks t
PICTURE BY TDWSPORT.COM Bradley Wiggins enjoyed a satisfying start to his new road career with the Crdit Agricole team at the Tour Down Under, which ended here Sunday with the victory of Spaniard Luis Sanchez, writes Justin Davis. Wiggins, who won gold, silver and bronze for Britain at the Athens Olympic velodrome last summer, finished just over 20 minutes off the pace after six days of racing in hot temperatures in the Adelaide hills. He has not competed in a road event since the Tour of Britain last autumn, but came to Australia in good form having trained during the winter in a bid to gain some early form before tackling the Tour of Italy in June. The 24 year old admits he has left track racing firmly behind him, and said the Tour Down Under was a perfect way to start a season in which he will be expected to transform some of the success he has enjoyed on the track to some of Europe's biggest races. "Overall I'm pretty happy with my performance," Wiggins told procycling. "It's a good race to start preparing the season. In fact, I think it has been for a while, for the past three years at least. "Everyone just wants to come here. Malaysia (the Tour of Langkawi) and (the Tour of) Qatar are at the same time. But this is a much better race, you get the training a week here before, coming out here after Christmas. "I managed to get into one of the breakaways on the second day and stayed with the front group on the hillier day (Thursday). I messed up yesterday (Saturday) when I got caught up in some cross winds, then finished off well today really." Despite a week that was ultimately dominated by Sanchez's Liberty team after a 26-man breakaway on Thursday left 66 of the 92-strong peloton with a half-hour deficit and out of the race, Wiggins decided he'd have a go on the final stage, held over 81km on a four-kilometre inner city circuit. "I managed to attack with around 800 metres to go and got about 20 metres (in front of the peloton). Unfortunately it was straight into a headwind so there was no chance of staying away," he explained. "But it's my first race of the season and the first since I raced the Tour of Britain last year, so I'm pretty pleased really." He added: "I think what I did over the winter was right. I decided not to race any of the five or six-day track races but to have a good break and start training in November steadily, and build up till Christmas and then come out here early keen and fresh and ready to get back into racing. I still feel fresh and powerful after a week here so not riding on the track has taught me this week that it was the right decision." From here, his main destination is the three-week Giro d'Italia where Wiggins is expected to shine in the race against the clock. "From now on it's full on before I tackle the Giro. I go back to Europe, then I've got a two-week break before I race, which is good before I get time to settle in and get used to the cold again. "I've done everything I need to do on the track now really, and I'm looking forward to my career on the road."
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