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Tour of California team presentation - Gallery
May 14, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 2016Amgen Tour of California gets underway on Sunday, with a stacked field with 10 WorldTour squads, including some of the best sprinters in the pro peloton. The race's winningest rider and current world champion Peter Sagan returns, looking to pad his record tally of stage wins and follow up on last year's overall victory.. Last year's Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) looks to refind his old form after being hit head-on by a car during the team's January training camp. BradleyWiggins (Team WIGGINS) says his added weight for his track focus ahead of the Rio OlympicGames will rule out a stab at a second overall victory, but he will be a favourite for the Folsom time trial.ADVERTISEMENT Last year's USAPro Challenge winner Rohan Dennis (BMCRacing) is one of the favourites for the overall classification, and will have Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep), Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) and Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) as his main rivals. Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep), Peter Kennaugh(Team Sky), Mark Cavendish(Dimension Data), Alexander Kristoff(Katusha), and Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) will also have their opportunity to shine in the Golden State. You can read more at More...
Sir Bradley Wiggins withdraws from Tour of Yorkshire as Dylan Groenewegen takes stage one
April 29, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen took the first stage with Chris Lawless the highest-placed British rider coming home seventh. More...
Cavendish and Wiggins teaming up at track cycling worlds
February 24, 2016 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins will team up in the Madison event at next month's track world championships.The former Sky teammates are in the team of 21 riders representing Britain at the March 2-6 event in London.Cavendish... More...
Wiggins boosts Olympic hopes with successful return to track
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from ]
Bradley Wiggins hopes of retiring as the most decorated British Olympian of all time were given a boost on Friday as he made a storming return to the track. At the opening round of the 2015/16 Revolution Series in Derby, the 35-year-old formed part of a Great Britain quartet that rode to victory in the team pursuit in a time of 3 minutes 54.974 seconds. Joined by Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Jon Dibben, Wiggins was doing two-laps turns in the qualifying rounds before Ed Clancy replaced Dibben for the final and the quartet set a time that was just a shade over three seconds shy of the world record.ADVERTISEMENT It will do no harm to Wiggins hopes of lining up in the team pursuit at the Olympic Games in Rio next year, where he would be going for an eighth Olympic medal that would take him past Sir Chris Hoy's tally of seven. Its nice to get up and do a fast time like that, a world class time, on a not so good track. Its good being back with the boys the last few weeks. It took me a while after the Hour Record to realise I wanted to do it again so its good to be back, its a good laugh, thats what its all about, said Wiggins in front of the BBC microphone. All that drivel they were talking about at the end of last year when I was watching the World Cup in London about whether I could still do it or not. You come back here and, its great, I love it, weve got a really good group of guys, which is what you need, you cant do it on your own. Tonight was testament to that. We were looking at the graph just then and it was just flat really and thats what its going to take to win Olympic gold so its really good. You can read more at More...
Wiggins not guaranteed Olympic team pursuit spot, says Sutton
August 04, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team GB technical director Shane Sutton has said that Sir Bradley Wiggins is not guaranteed a place in Britains team pursuit line-up having rejoined Britains track squad preparing for next years Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. "Do I think Brad can make it? Yes, of course I do. Is it a given? No," Sutton said when asked about Wiggins prospects of gaining selection for the four-man team. "Hes going to have to work for it because Im very confident in the group weve got. Brad coming in has strengthened that group, but it doesnt by any means guarantee him a place." Speaking to Cyclingnews at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, Sutton described Wiggins as having "all of the tools in the box" required to make the four-man pursuit team and bring the curtain down on his racing career with a fourth Olympic title and record-setting eighth medal for UK athlete. He added that having Wiggins back in the track endurance squad had given everyone a huge lift.ADVERTISEMENT "Brad has slotted back into the team pursuit set-up really well. I think we went through a five-week period when he was asking, Do I want this? Do I need this? But hes put all that to bed and he really wants it. He wants to leave this sport as the greatest [UK] Olympian of all time," said Sutton. He then expanded on the challenge that Wiggins faces as he builds towards gaining selection for the Rio Games in a years time. According to Sutton, as well as very strong competition for places, Wiggins will also need to readjust to the particular demands of the team pursuit. "There are no guarantees that he will get selection for the team pursuit because weve got an incredibly strong squad. Weve got medal experience with Ed [Clancy], Burkey [Steven Burke] and Andy Tennant, who was the fifth member of the squad in London. What they are doing right now is making sure that they will be at their absolute best," said Sutton. You can read more at More...
Wiggins to relive Olympic glory with his developmental team in Prudential RideLondon
July 30, 2015 (04:15) [ Indexed from ]
Bradley Wiggins will return to the Prudential RideLondon for the second year, this time bringing his own Team WIGGINS to the race and riding in support of his young, talented teammates. The race holds a special place for Wiggins, who claimed Olympic gold in 2012 in the individual time trial after his Tour de France victory, bringing his Olympic tally to four gold medals. This year, he brings his own developmental squad to the race, and is looking forward to showing off the squad in front of the big crowds between Surrey and London. Our WIGGINS team has had a brilliant response racing around the country, people can see were a bit different and the sheer spectacle of us all riding through London will be amazing," Wiggins said. Prudential RideLondon is a big moment for WIGGINS as a team. Weve got some serious young talent in the shape of Owain Doull and Chris Lawless. Chris is just 19, and finished sixth last week in Belgium riding against Philippe Gilbert and Tom Boonen. It was a fantastic achievement. He was the only British rider to finish the race and is in great form, so keep an eye on him.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins stepped down from his place in Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix this year, choosing to focus instead on preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio next year. He participated in the Tour de Yorkshire with Team WIGGINS, but eschewed any other road races while preparing to break the UCI Hour Record. He succeeded in setting a new mark on June 7, riding 54.526km. It will be his first road race since the record, and Wiggins is looking forward to seeing the British crowds. For me, its like a reminder of everything thats great about our sport. Im looking forward to just being a part of it and to getting my fitness back up. Ive had some time off after breaking the UCI Hour Record and my main focus now is the Rio Olympics in 2016," he said. You can read more at More...
Wiggins pulls out of Staffordshire Grand Prix
July 03, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from ]
Fans of Bradley Wiggins will have to wait a little while longer to see him in action after it was confirmed that he had pulled out of the Staffordshire Grand Prix. Wiggins was due to take part in the elite race this Friday, which would have been his first road appearance since setting the Hour Record last month, but the organisers announced that the WIGGINS team had pulled their star rider. The team announced that a "a slight illness" has forced the 2012 Tour de France champion to miss the event. Wiggins also pulled out of a track event in Italy at the end of June, stating that he was still recovering from his Hour Record ride.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins' next race is due to be the RideLondon Classic in August, followed by his return to the track at the opening round of the Revolution Series in Derby and the first round of the Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia. The British rider is hoping to end his career on the track at the Olympic Games in Rio next summer. You can read more at More...
Wiggins to return to road racing at Staffordshire Cycling Festival
July 01, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from ]
Bradley Wiggins (Team WIGGINS) will return to the road this weekend at the Staffordshire Cycling Festival, his first road race since setting the UCIHour Record last month. Wiggins will take part in the Stafford Grand Prix, which takes place on the opening day of the festival on Friday, 4 July. The race will be only Wiggins second for the Wiggins team after making his debut at the Tour de Yorkshire in May. Wiggins hasnt raced since he broke the Hour Record at the beginning of June, setting a new distance of 54.526. It was also announced earlier this month that Wiggins would take part in RideLondon at the start of August, and he is set to return to the track a few days later at the opening round of the Revolution series in Derby, England. Wiggins has also penned in the first round of the Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia, on October 30.ADVERTISEMENT To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at More...
Team Wiggins' Doull sets long-term sights set on the road
June 27, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from ]
Towards the end of last season, Owain Doull was on the verge of a significant step in the course of his fledgling career. The Welshman, then a 21-year-old on the British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme and riding for An Post-ChainReaction, had a deal all but sewn up with Europcar " a WorldTour team at the time. However, he backed out at the last minute and has instead spent 2015 with Team Wiggins, the Continental-level squad set up to help Great Britain team pursuiters on the track to the Rio Olympics next year. For someone who has shown talent both on the tarmac and the boards, it must have been a tough decision to make, but at the halfway stage in the year Doull isnt looking back, and will soon be going full gas for Rio.ADVERTISEMENT I think I did [make the right decision]. Im quite glad I did what I did, going to Team Wiggins, its a really good team, supported me really well and Ive had a really good year so far from the off, he told Cyclingnews during the British Road Championships weekend in Lincolnshire, where he finished second in the under-23 time trial. For the rest of this year, in the summer Ill do predominately more road, and towards the end of the year the Tour of Britain and the U23 Worlds, if Im selected. After that it switches full time to the track and anything I do up to Rio then will be fully geared towards the team pursuit. The road will be just a training tool, I guess. The 22-year-old is still getting to grips with the best way to make the most of his considerable potential. Rio might be the most immediate goal but longer term he sees his future on the road and describes the step up that the Europcar deal represented as still a big ambition. He even hopes the opportunity might present itself as early as next year. You can read more at More...
Wiggins to race Revolution Series as part of Olympic preparations
June 24, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from ]
Bradley Wiggins will race at the opening round of the 2015/16 Revolution Series in Derby in August as a building block ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio next year. The six-round track series takes place at velodromes across the UK and will be used by Team Wiggins riders as key preparation for their big goals " the World Track Championships in London March 2016, and then the Olympics. UCI Hour Record holder Wiggins is down to race both the team and individual pursuits, while the team will be represented across all the other elite disciplines.ADVERTISEMENT Were excited to start the track season with Team Wiggins and begin the build up to the Olympics, said Wiggins. I remember racing the very first Revolution in 2003 so Im looking forward to getting back in front of the Revolution crowds and enjoying some good racing. Team Wiggins was set up to help Great Britains team pursuiters come together to reach peak form for the Olympics and includes the likes of Andy Tennant, Steven Burke, Owain Doull, Mark Christian, Jonathan Dibben, and Chris Lawless. Team GB is facing an uphill struggle on the road to Rio after this years track worlds in France yielded not a single gold medal, the first time that has happened since 2001. Wiggins himself is aiming to add to his collection of seven Olympic medals that includes four golds and one silver before he calls time on his career. He will also make an appearance on the road in August at RideLondon but will be back on the boards at the opening round of the Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia, in October. You can read more at More...
Wiggins to headline RideLondon
June 20, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from ]
New Hour Record holder Bradley Wiggins will make a rare appearance on the road as he headlines at RideLondon this August. It will be Wiggins second road race for his eponymous team WIGGINS, after making his debut with the Continental outfit in the Tour de Yorkshire at the beginning of May. It will also be his first competitive appearance since breaking the Hour Record at the start of this month. Its always fantastic to race on home roads and this race is very special, said Wiggins. My team is really looking forward to it. I was amazed how many people were out watching last year in that appalling weather. The whole Prudential RideLondon festival shows how much cycling has grown in this country. Wiggins made his debut at RideLondon last year, which was won by Adam Blythe " riding for NFTO at the time " in hugely varying weather conditions. In March it was announced that fellow Britain Mark Cavendish is due to make his debut at the race, after he was forced to miss it following his crash on stage 1 of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT It is third edition of the race, which initially began as a test event for the Olympic Games. This year will feature a tougher route than previous editions with an extra circuit through Dorking, which takes in the races highest point of Leith Hill. The organisers are hoping that the Wiggins factor can bring yet more fans to the road. Every race wants Wiggins, said Race director Mick Bennett. He now has rock star status and generates massive excitement wherever he races. We expect hundreds of thousands of spectators to line the route to cheer him on. His team is packed with great athletes likely to feature in the Team Pursuit in the Rio Games next year and they should perform well in a race of this nature. Since leaving team Sky at the end of April, Wiggins has been focussing on the track with his intention of ending his career on the boards at the Rio Olympic Games and he will ride the opening round of the track World Cup in Cali, Colombia. It was rumoured that Wiggins might make an appearance at the British national championships next weekend, however this seems not to be the case. Wiggins is due to go to Italy at the end of the month for some high altitude training. You can read more at More...
Wiggins heads field for RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Reuters)
June 20, 2015 (03:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LONDON (Reuters) - Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, will ride in the third Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic cycle race on Aug. 2. Organizers said the event would mark the Briton's first race on home soil since he set a new UCI (International Cycling Union) world one-hour record at the Olympic velodrome earlier this month. "Every race wants Wiggins. He now has rock star status and generates massive excitement wherever he races," race director Mick Bennett said in a statement. "We expect hundreds of thousands of spectators to line the route to cheer him on. ... More...
Cycling-Wiggins heads field for RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Reuters)
June 20, 2015 (03:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, will ride in the third Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic cycle race on Aug. 2. Organisers said the event would mark the Briton's first race on home soil since he set a new UCI (International Cycling Union) world one-hour record at the Olympic velodrome earlier this month. More...
Wiggins heads field for RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Reuters)
June 19, 2015 (20:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LONDON (Reuters) - Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, will ride in the third Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic cycle race on Aug. 2. Organizers said the event would mark the Briton's first race on home soil since he set a new UCI (International Cycling Union) world one-hour record at the Olympic velodrome earlier this month. "Every race wants Wiggins. He now has rock star status and generates massive excitement wherever he races," race director Mick Bennett said in a statement. "We expect hundreds of thousands of spectators to line the route to cheer him on. ... More...
Cycling-Wiggins heads field for RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Reuters)
June 19, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, will ride in the third Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic cycle race on Aug. 2. Organisers said the event would mark the Briton's first race on home soil since he set a new UCI (International Cycling Union) world one-hour record at the Olympic velodrome earlier this month. More...
Wiggins will not defend national time trial title
June 17, 2015 (03:15) [ Indexed from ]
Cyclingnews understands that Bradley Wiggins will not defend his British national time trial title next week. A report emerged earlier this week that Wiggins had made a late decision to ride against the clock at the national championships, due to take place on Thursday, June 25. Wiggins won last years event in Monmouthshire, Wales, beating teammate Geraint Thomas by over a minute on the 26-mile test. It was his third title - after winning in 2009 - and 2010, and, he said, his last. Wiggins' agent Julian Henry confirmed to Cyclingnews that the new Hour Record holder was not set to race at the national championships in Cadwell Park. Wiggins set a new Hour Record at the start of this month, pushing the benchmark to 54.526 at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London. He was due to make his first appearance on the track since his record-breaking ride at the 6 days of Roses at the Velodrome in Fiorenzuola d'Arda, which begins on June 28. However, Wiggins has pulled out of the event and has recommended Great Britain teammate Stephen Burke as his replacement.ADVERTISEMENT According to the organiser Claudio Santi, posting on his Facebook page earlier today, Wiggins' recovery from his Hour Record attempt has been "harder than expected." While he's not competing in the event, Wiggins is due to travel to Italy for an altitude training camp. You can read more at More...
Dowsett keen on tackling Wiggins UCI Hour Record
June 10, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
Alex Dowsett (Movistar) is open to the idea of tackling the UCI Hour Record in the future after seeing Bradley Wiggins eclipse his effort last weekend. Dowsett had raised the bar to 52.937 kilometers last month but saw Wiggins move the distance out to 54.526 at the London Olympic velodrome. Wiggins ride was really impressive, Dowsett told Cyclingnews at the Criterium du Dauphine. We expected, everyone expected, massive things from him and he delivered. It was really good to watch and if anyone was going to take my record it was always going to be Bradley. I think its exactly what we expected. When Dowsett broke the record in May he admitted almost immediately that he had ridden at a relatively conservatively pace and that he would be willing to take on another assault regardless of Wiggins upcoming ride. An attempt on the Hour Record involves a training programme that takes months of meticulous planning, costs, and sacrifice. Another attempt from Dowsett isnt currently in his plans but he told Cyclingnews that he would be open to the idea in the longterm future. Its down to the management, its a big thing to organise an Hour Record. Personally I would like to have another crack. Ive got a lot of time on my side though. Its a huge ask. At 52.9 kilometres I made no bones about it, that it was a controlled effort from me. However the next step, its exponential to step from that to 54.5 is going to be massive, so it's not something I want to rush into. So it would be something to look at over the next eight or nine years, he told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT I would like to have another go because it was something I enjoyed doing, if just to better my own time, to take on something as monumental as Bradleys record, it needs to be very well planned and executed. Wiggins has raised the bar but due to high air pressure he was not able to break the 55-kilometre barrier. At his post-hour press conference he told the media that he could have added another 750 meters had conditions been more favourable. At some point someone is going to come along and run faster than Usain Bolt. Thats how records work. Theres a lot of great bike riders out there, Brads one of them, if not the best bike rider thats ever been, in terms of versatility, but whether I am capable or not I dont know: Im not capable of 90 per cent of what hes done, but I am capable of some things.Hour controversy Dowsett is currently riding the Dauphine in France and has a shot of making the teams Tour de France squad. However in the last 24 hours he has been embroiled in controversy after a member of his Hour Record entourage openly questioned the validity of Wiggins ride by suggesting that he bike was illegal and that British Cycling were too heavily involved. Firstly, my coach is Mark Walker and theres been some confusion around this because the comments came from Steve Collins. Steve was at a lot of training sessions with me doing timekeeping and he gave up a lot to help me and its something he is very, probably more emotionally involved in than me. He said some choice words which I personally disagreed with. Dowsett clarified his position by backing the sponsors around him for the support they provided during his build-up and final assault on the Hour Record before praising British Cycling. My Canyon was a very good bike and Brads bike looked like an extremely good bike. If hes on the start line then it's legal, simple as that, and as for the British Cycling comment: we never asked. I had a fantastic team with Movistar, Canyon, Endura, more than enough support. British Cycling helped us on the day and I never asked the GB team or British Cycling for help in my build-up as I didnt feel I needed it. The GB team did move one of their training sessions for me and they helped with the logistics as well, and for that Im really grateful. If I had asked for more help Im sure they would have been quite hands on for me. You can read more at More...
Wiggins' Hour Record attempt was illegal, says Dowsett's coach
June 10, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from ]
The coach of former UCI Hour Record holder Alex Dowsett, Steve Collins, has spoken out against Bradley Wiggins' recent record breaking attempt, saying that it was done illegally. Wiggins set a new benchmark of 54.526km at the Lee Valley VeloPark on Sunday evening, significantly improving on Dowsetts record of 52.937. Collins, who helped coach Dowsett during his preparation for the event, claimed in an interview with BBC Radio Essex that the Pinarello Bolide HR Wiggins used for the even went against the regulations. "One of the sad bits about it was that Bradley's bike wasn't in production," he told the radio station. "For attempts like that it should all be production available so you can buy it off the shelf. You can't get 3D-printed handlebars moulded to your own arms to make it easier for your own attempt."ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins' bike was developed by Pinarello and motor company Jaguar, as was the case with their recent Dogma K8-S, and is modelled on the Bolide time trial frame. Article 1.3.007 of the UCI regulations state that a bike "designed especially for the attainment of a particular performance (record or other) shall be not authorised." According to the UCI's rules, the bike must become commercially available within nine months of Wiggins' attempt. Although that doesn't mean youll be able to purchase it at your local bike shop. A press release posted on the Pinarello website when the bike was revealed states that the bike was sanctioned by the UCI. You can read more at More...
Johan Bruyneel defends his presence at Wiggins' UCI Hour Record
June 09, 2015 (01:15) [ Indexed from ]
As Bradley Wiggins made his way around the Olympic velodrome in London on Sunday, he was pushing cycling forward in terms of raising the bar of the historic UCI Hour Record, but ghosts of the sports past were looming large. Johan Bruyneel, the banned director who guided Lance Armstrong to all seven of his Tour de France victories from 1999 to 2005, was enjoying the action trackside. Laughing and sipping wine with him was Pat McQuaid the ex-president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) who oversaw that most ugly of chapters in cyclings history. Photos emerged of the two and for some it was a difficult image to stomach, souring an otherwise momentous occasion.ADVERTISEMENT Bruyneel was handed a 10-year ban from sport last year by the American Arbitration Association, which found he was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders. That Bruyneel was able to enjoy VIP privileges at a UCI-associated event may not sit comfortably but there was nothing to stop him being there. His ban only applies to involvement in direct the competitive side of sport and he is free to attend sporting events as a spectator. Speaking to Cyclingnews, Bruyneel argued that he bought his own ticket and had every right to attend. I bought the tickets myself, he said. It was 200 a ticket and I paid 1000 to go with my four friends who I invited. So I dont really see whats wrong with that. As far as I know I can attend a sporting event. If I buy a ticket for a Chelsea game Im going to go to the game. Its as simple as that. You can read more at More...
Merckx: Wiggins' Hour Record will stay for some time
June 09, 2015 (01:15) [ Indexed from ]
Eddy Merckx believes that Bradley Wiggins has put the UCI Hour Record out of sight for some time. The Brit rode to a distance of 54.562 kilometres at the Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome in London on Sunday evening, surpassing Alex Dowsetts previous benchmark of 52.937, which was set last month. I think Wiggins has become the world record holder for a while, said Merckx told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. You must be more than gifted to ride further. Few of the current peloton can go faster.ADVERTISEMENT Merckx himself once held the Hour Record, riding 49.431km back in 1972, an experience he describes as the most painful hour of my entire career. The Belgian, who didnt see Wiggins ride as he was en route to an airport, believes there arent many riders capable of going further than the current world time trial champion. I didnt see it myself but Im curious to see his lap times, he said. I only see Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin [breaking the record]. But the German Etixx-QuickStep rider will have to improve his position on the bike. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at More...

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