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Wiggins tests Hour Record Track ahead of Tour de Yorkshire debut
April 29, 2015 (16:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins (WIGGINS) has trained on the London 2012 Olympic velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark for the first time ahead of his Hour Record attempt. The 2012 Tour de France winner will look to better Rohan Denniss 52.491 kilometres record on June 7. The first signs are good, he told Sky Sports News during his training session on Tuesday, the same day he turned 35.ADVERTISEMENT You are always a bit cautious coming on to a new track. I have spent so much time riding round Manchester. There were quite a few records established at the London Olympics, so it is a fast track and if we can get the conditions right, it will be the best place to do it. Wiggins retired from Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix in April and has this Friday he will make his debut for his WIGGINS squad at the Tour de Yorkshire, a three-day event hosted by ASO in the United Kingdom. It will be the first time Wiggins has competed against Team Sky, having signed for the British team for their debut season in 2010. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis hoping his Hour Record withstands challenges from Dowsett and Wiggins
April 29, 2015 (08:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Australian world hour record holder Rohan Dennis says suggestions that Briton Bradley Wiggins could reach 54 or 55 kilometres in his June 7 attempt are "stupid". But Dennis, speaking to Cyclingnews the night before he left his home near Girona in Spain for the Tour de Romandie that started on Tuesday and finishes Sunday does believe that the 2012 Tour de France champion has the capacity to pass the 53 kilometre mark when he goes for the record at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London. However, Dennis (BMC), 24, realises that his record of 52.491km - set at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland on February 8 - may not even be the mark that Wiggins sets out to beat if Briton Alex Dowsett (Movistar) has his way.ADVERTISEMENT The Dowsett threat Dowsett, 26 and who beat Dennis in the road time trial title at last year's Commonwealth Games, is due to go for the record on Saturday at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, having earlier postponed it due to a collar bone break. Dennis understandably hopes to keep his record and savour more time to appreciate it. "I hope he doesn't break the record," Dennis said. "It does feel like along time ago. It did come and go very quickly and I didn't take it in like I should have; but I will take it in later on in my career or later this year when I have a bit of a down period." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Exclusive gallery: Bradley Wiggins' new Pinarello race bike
April 25, 2015 (00:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With his Team Sky days firmly behind him, Bradley Wiggins will begin a new phase of his career next week at the Tour de Yorkshire.The 2012 Tour de France champion will line-up as the race captain of his new WIGGINS squad and will wear a new team kit for the first time in over five years. Wiggins will also ride a new Pinarello bike during the three-day event.ADVERTISEMENT Pinarello, who also sponsor Team Sky, will provide the new Continental squad with race machines and Wiggins will compete on a Dogma F8, as he has done over the last few seasons. ZIPP, Fizik and Elite will provide key components for the bike, while the most noticeable change sees Wiggins move from Shimano Dura-Ace to SRAM components. The bike is currently at an undisclosed location where WIGGINS team mechanics are busily putting finishing touches to it but Wiggins is set to take his new bike out training ahead of next weeks race debut. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Yorkshire wants WorldTour slot
April 21, 2015 (05:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Gary Verity, the man who successfully brought the Tour de France start back to the United Kingdom in 2013, has confirmed that the Tour de Yorkshire is hoping to reach WorldTour status within the next three years. The announcement comes as the organisers of the inaugural edition of the event, which takes place from May 1-3, confirmed that both Bradley Wiggins (WIGGINS) and Marcel Kittel (Giant Alpecin) would star in this year's race. "We've signed a ten-year deal initially [with Tour de France organisers ASO] but the intention is that as long as cycling is popular and people want to watch cycling, we want to have this race in Yorkshire," Verity told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "WorldTour, that's our ambition. We'd like to get that done over the next three years and that's a realistic goal and one that's fitting for cycling in the United Kingdom and in Yorkshire." This year will see Bradley Wiggins make his debut for his new WIGGINS squad, having stepped out of the limelight of Team Sky after Paris-Roubaix. The British rider is unlikely to fight for top honours in the Tour of Yorkshire but for Verity the rider represents top billing due to his public appeal, and the fact that he missed out on riding the Tour de France last year. "I'm of course really pleased and I think we've got a stellar line-up. A few people said when we announced the race that it wouldn't be a proper event but we've got 144 in the peloton and we're 20 percent bigger than the Tour of Britain. We've got some great teams and great riders," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tickets to watch Wiggins Hour Record attempt sell out in seven minutes
April 18, 2015 (05:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tickets to watch Bradley Wiggins Hour Record attempt at the Lee Valley VeloPark, Londons Olympic Velodrome, on June 7 went on sale on Friday morning and reportedly sold out with in seven minutes according to a report on Sky Sports. The velodrome holds a capacity of roughly 6,000 spectators but many fans were left disappointed when they werent able to purchase a ticket on the Sky Tickets website.The highest priced tickets were reported to have cost 49. Some of those who missed out on tickets shared their disappointment via social media. Wiggins, a former Tour de France winner and the current world champion in the individual time trial, will attempt to break the Hour Record of 52.491 kilometres set by Australias Rohan Dennis (BMC) in February at the Velodrome Suisse, Grenchen.ADVERTISEMENT He will be the fifth male rider this year to make the attempt after Jack Bobridge, Thomas Dekker and Gustav Larrson were unsuccessful. Wiggins compatriot Alex Dowsett (Movistar) broke his collarbone in February and has rescheduled his attempt for May 2 in Manchester. Wiggins raced in his last event with Team Sky at the recent Paris-Roubaix and will now turn his attention to training for the Hour Record and competing in road events with his new WIGGINS Continental team. He is expected to make is debut in his new team colours at the Tour de Yorkshire stage race (May 1-3). "I've dreamt about the Hour Record since I was a boy. Anyone can have a crack at it and measure themselves against the best in the world. We've seen cycling grow in popularity over the last few years and I want WIGGINS to inspire a new generation of cyclists," Wiggins said at the announcement of his Continental team in February. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins to attempt Hour Record on June 7
April 16, 2015 (05:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins' Hour Record attempt will take place at London's 2012 Olympic velodrome,Lee Valley VeloPark on June 7. Wiggins ended his Team Sky career on Sunday at Paris-Roubaix, finishing 18th, and now turns his attention to the Hour Record of 52.491 kilometresset by Rohan Dennis (BMC) in February this year. The world individual time trial champion will ride select road events in the lead up to his Hour Record attempt with the newly created WIGGINS Continental team including the Tour of Yorkshire from May 1-3. "I've dreamt about the Hour Record since I was a boy. Anyone can have a crack at it and measure themselves against the best in the world. We've seen cycling grow in popularity over the last few years and I want WIGGINS to inspire a new generation of cyclists," Wiggins said at the announcement of the Continental team in February.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins will be the fifth male rider to attempt the Hour Record this year following unsuccessful attempts by Jack Bobridge, Thomas Dekker and Gustav Larrson. Former teammate Alex Dowsett (Movistar) will make an attempt at the record on May 2 having had to reschedule from his earlier date of February 27 due to a broken collarbone sustained in a training ride.Sarah Storey also unsuccessfully attempted the Hour Record in February. In 2014 Jens Voigt broke the Hour Record in his last act as a professional cyclist with Matthias Brndle bettering the record by more than 700 metresa month later after changes by the UCI brought life back to the record. Tickets for Wiggins' attempt will go on sale Friday April 17. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling-Wiggins to tackle Hour record on June 7 (Reuters)
April 15, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Bradley Wiggins will try to beat the Hour record at the London Velodrome on June 7, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday. Wiggins, Britain's most decorated Olympian with seven medals, four of them gold, and the nation's first Tour de France winner said it would rank as one of his greatest achievements. "The Hour Record is a holy grail for cyclists," said Wiggins. "It's been fought over tooth and nail by the greatest names in our sport for over a hundred years and it's time for me to have a crack at it." The current world record of 52.491 km was set by Australian Rohan Dennis at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland, on Feb. 8. More...
Cycling-Wiggins to tackle Hour record on June 7 (Reuters)
April 15, 2015 (12:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Bradley Wiggins will try to beat the Hour record at the London Velodrome on June 7, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday. Wiggins, Britain's most decorated Olympian with seven medals, four of them gold, and the nation's first Tour de France winner said it would rank as one of his greatest achievements. "The Hour Record is a holy grail for cyclists," said Wiggins. "It's been fought over tooth and nail by the greatest names in our sport for over a hundred years and it's time for me to have a crack at it." The current world record of 52.491 km was set by Australian Rohan Dennis at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland, on Feb. 8. More...
Cycling-Lanky Wiggins back to first love after last rocky ride (Reuters)
April 14, 2015 (05:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot ROUBAIX, France, April 12 (Reuters) - Before returning to the track to fulfil another Olympic ambition, Bradley Wiggins wanted one more rocky ride on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, the race that inspired him to ride a bike in the first place. The Briton, who now turns his attention to the Hour record and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finished a decent 18th on Sunday after having his moment in the limelight, attacking in the closing stages of the Queen of the Classics. "When I attacked it was like being 16 again in London, training on this mews next to my house, thinking that was it, that was nice," the bearded self-confessed Mod told reporters in front of his Team Sky bus after a discussion with his mentor Dave Brailsford. He's known me since I was an 18-year-old streak of piss, now I'm a 35 year-old streak of piss." Wiggins, who will take part in the low-key Tour of Yorkshire in May with the development team he launched, Team Wiggins, had just closed the final chapter of a career on the road that took him to victory in the 2012 Tour de France and earned him a gold medal in the road cycling time trial at the London Olympics. More...
Brailsford: Wiggins gave it a good old crack in Paris-Roubaix
April 14, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Paris-Roubaix marked an emotional end of an era forTeam Sky principal Dave Brailsford with the exit of Bradley Wiggins from the road scene. Although the Hell of the North wasn't the swan song either man was hoping for, Brailsford praised Wiggins for giving "it a good old crack, like he always does". Brailsford and Wiggins have worked together since Wiggins graduated from the junior ranks on the track, when British Cycling became funded by the national lottery and started its ascent to Olympic domination. A Tour de France victory, four Olympic gold medals, six track world titles and last year's time trial rainbow jersey performance later, and Wiggins will now head back to the track with an eye toward Rio and gold in the team pursuit. Although Wiggins had made headline after headline in the days leading up toParis-Roubaix, his final road race with Team Sky, his one bullet proved insufficient and after his attack was neutraized, he finished an less than ideal 18th place. Brailsford, however, was not disappointed.ADVERTISEMENT "So much was made about this race with it being Brads last appearance for us, and it was difficult to watch it in the same way you normally would,"Brailsford said to TeamSky.com. "Some detractors may say him finishing 18th is a little underwhelming, but if you take a step back, the guy has won the Tour de France and the Olympics and did absolutely everything he could today. He was there with 30km to go attacking on his own, and at that point I was thinking Jesus, he might ride away from everybody here. "That takes some doing and he should hold his head up high. He gave it a good old crack, like he always does. For a lot of people it was all about him and his performance today, and I think he did exceptionally, as always." Brailsfored admitted that it was emotional to watch Wiggins in his last ever road race withSky. "These things comes to an end, though, and you try to think of a nice way to end a sporting career - do you step out at the top or do you become a fading light and drift away? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
10 conclusions from Paris-Roubaix
April 14, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Degenkolb and Kristoff the new Boonen and Cancellara? Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara both plan to be back in 2016 at the very least, but this spring has offered a decent indication of how the Classics landscape might look when they eventually do hang up their wheels. Two years ago, the general assumption was that the Boonen-Cancellara void would be filled by an era of domination from Peter Sagan, but the Slovak has found himself outstripped by some near contemporaries in the intervening period, namely Alexander Kristoff and John Degenkolb. While this years Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix were clearly very different races without Boonen and Cancellara on hand, it is testament to the quality of Kristoff and Degenkolbs performances that there wasnt a murmur of dissent about the worthiness of their wins, despite the absence of the Big Two.ADVERTISEMENT The Boonen-Cancellara rivalry was defined in large part by their different styles, Boonens finesse and speed against Cancellaras raw strength. Degenkolb and Kristoff, on the other hand, are markedly similar riders; both fine sprinters but blessed with sufficient strength and gumption to go on the offensive when the situation requires. As a consequence, Degenkolb and Kristoff could well have more direct confrontations in the finale of major classics than Boonen and Cancellara ever did. But lets not get ahead of ourselves: one spring does not an era make. Kristoff and Degenkolb were on a level above this month but there is no shortage of talented 20-something classics specialists. Despite lacking the exuberance of 2013, Sagan still finished 4th at Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders. Sep Vanmarcke had a disastrous Ronde but at 26 has ample time to make amends, while youngsters Tiesj Benoot and Yves Lampaert more than highlighted their potential. And Boonen and Cancellara, of course, have not gone away just yet. (BR)Wiggins' last Sky broadcast It was clear even before the dust settled on Sunday that there would be no fairy-tale ending for Bradley Wiggins at Paris-Roubaix. Aside from a daring attack inside the final 35 kilometers, the former Tour de France winner was forced to play a cameo role while Degenkolbs race-winning break stole the show and the deserving headlines. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Gallery: Bradley Wiggins' Team Sky career
April 14, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins finally brought the curtain down on his Team Sky career on Sunday with a solid 18th place in Paris-Roubaix. The 2012 Tour de France winner has made the Classic his major objective for the last two springs and despite a daring attack with just over 30 kilometers to go on Sunday he was unable to make the winning break, with John Degenkolb taking a deserved victory. Paris-Roubaix is always a lottery of a race but despite falling short in his final outing for Team Sky, Wiggins has undoubtedly been their most influential and successful rider since signing for them in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT A huge transformation into a stage race rider in 2009 meant that the new British squad were always going to build a team around him and he duly delivered with their first Tour de France win in 2012. There have been crashes, fallouts, losses of form and comebacks along the way, and in this gallery Cyclingnews looks back at Bradley Wiggins' entire racing career at Team Sky. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
No sanction for riders who broke level crossing at Paris-Roubaix
April 13, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A similar incident in the 2006 edition of the race led to the disqualification of three riders but the commissaires at Paris-Roubaix have confirmed that no action will be taken against those who passed through a railway crossing after the barriers had begun to lower. The incident took place as the main peloton reached a level-crossing shortly after exiting the Arenberg Forest. While the early break was unaffected, the lights had turned red by the time the main peloton approached, though the front end of the bunch made it through before the barriers had lowered. Images show that around 30 riders, including Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Bradley Wiggins (Sky) slipped through, while French champion Arnaud Dmare (FDJ) appeared to bang his head on the barrier as he made his way underneath and continued in the race. A police motorbike managed to stop the rest of the peloton " approximately 20 riders " from following suit shortly before a TGV thundered through.ADVERTISEMENT "I was a bit on the limit and I was a bit far behind, so I crawled under the boom. I checked that it was clear, and the train was still a good distance away," Kristoff said of the incident after the race, which was won by John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). In 2006, the commissaires took the decision to disqualify Leife Hoste, Peter Van Petegem and Vladimir Gusev from second, third and fourth place after they had ignored a level crossing with 15 kilometres remaining to continue their forlorn pursuit of winner Fabian Cancellara. Seemingly because of the sheer number of riders who had broken the rules on this occasion, the commissaires effectively turned a blind eye this time around as they could not reliably identify all of them. The race was simply briefly neutralised to allow the second part of the peloton to re-join those who had skipped the barrier, and no sanctions were handed out. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins bids Team Sky adieu at Paris-Roubaix
April 13, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
He'll always have Paris, but Roubaix was not to be. Bradley Wiggins has spent much of the past two years espousing his veneration for Paris-Roubaix, to the point of declaring that he would swap his 2012 Tour de France win for victory in the hallowed velodrome. "Just google 'Bradley's love for Paris-Roubaix,'" he had told a reporter with mock exasperation on Friday when asked to revisit the topic once again. After placing 18th on Sunday afternoon, however, Wiggins ruled out the prospect of reneging on his departure from Team Sky and continuing at WorldTour level for one final tilt at the race next year. His brings the curtain down on his road career with no regrets. "Nah, I've won the Tour, haven't I? he told a group of reporters who had assembled outside the team bus afterwards. Eclipsed by Chris Froome in Sky's Grand Tour hierarchy, Wiggins found solace these past two seasons by tapping into his teenage affinity for Paris-Roubaix, placing ninth twelve months ago and then building his truncated final campaign with the team expressly around the race. "I'm pretty happy, I've had a good run at the whole thing and this was always like a new job the last couple of years " a bit of a hobby, a passion," he said.ADVERTISEMENT "But I've had plenty of opportunities. I rode this race 13 years ago and did it for a couple of years, so I'm not new to it. I had my opportunity back then but I think we've seen how cycling's changed with how many people were in the final." As is his wont, Wiggins was placed towards the rear of the peloton on many of the early sectors of cobbles, and even at the Arenberg Forest, he was not as well-positioned as one might expect from a man with designs on winning the race. He was also caught on the back foot when Etixx-QuickStep briefly split the race in the crosswinds after the cobbles at Sars-et-Rosires with 75 kilometres remaining, but seemed to grow bolder as the afternoon progressed. Finally, towards the end of pav sector 7 at Templeuve, a shade over 32 kilometres from the finish, Wiggins launched an attack to show that at least some of the hype beforehand had been merited, as he soloed smoothly across to earlier attacker Stijn Vandenbergh (Etixx-QuickStep). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling-Lanky Wiggins back to first love after last rocky ride (Reuters)
April 12, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot ROUBAIX, France, April 12 (Reuters) - Before returning to the track to fulfil another Olympic ambition, Bradley Wiggins wanted one more rocky ride on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, the race that inspired him to ride a bike in the first place. The Briton, who now turns his attention to the Hour record and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finished a decent 18th on Sunday after having his moment in the limelight, attacking in the closing stages of the Queen of the Classics. "When I attacked it was like being 16 again in London, training on this mews next to my house, thinking that was it, that was nice," the bearded self-confessed Mod told reporters in front of his Team Sky bus after a discussion with his mentor Dave Brailsford. He's known me since I was an 18-year-old streak of piss, now I'm a 35 year-old streak of piss." Wiggins, who will take part in the low-key Tour of Yorkshire in May with the development team he launched, Team Wiggins, had just closed the final chapter of a career on the road that took him to victory in the 2012 Tour de France and earned him a gold medal in the road cycling time trial at the London Olympics. More...
Yates: Wiggins is the greatest rider of his generation
April 12, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Bradley Wiggins on the point of ending his racing with Team Sky, his former sports director and Paris-Roubaix contender Sean Yates has paid tribute to the Briton he helped guide to a breakthrough victory for his countrys cycling back in 2012 at the Tour de France. For Yates, too, Paris-Roubaix has always been a very special race, so seeing Wiggins end his Sky career in the Queen of the Classics is a gesture he appreciates. As a pro, Paris-Roubaix was the one event of the year where Yates went from his usual role of super-domestique to team leader, finishing a career-best of fifth in one of the hardest ever editions, in 1994. As Bradley says, we all know hes well into his cycling history and the big heros of yester-year like Eddy [Merckx] and [four times Paris-Roubaix winner] [Roger] De Vlaeminck, Yates, now directing at Tinkoff-Saxo, told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT So given how passionate Bradley is about that and Monuments, Roubaix is pretty much the biggest and the most spectacular. [Finishing his career there] is a dream scenario. The ultimate dream for Wiggins would be to win, but whatever happens, hes doing this [retirement] on his own terms, hes gifted enough to be able to do that and I wish him all the best. Yates feels that Wiggins will definitely be in contention on Sunday because hes perfectly built for that. Ultimately [in Paris-Roubaix] you need power and hes clearly got that, hes won so many different kinds of races. Yates would even go so far as to argue that in the modern era, hes pretty much up there with the best theres ever been. Hes got that versatility as a rider, and its not over yet. He could well go to Rio and get another medal there. Also important is how far he can get when he focusses on something. We all know how far he put himself out of his comfort zone to get to the Tour in great shape in 2012, for example. Physically hes up there with the best. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins is the man to watch at Paris-Roubaix, says Stybar
April 12, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Zdenek Stybar can smile about it now but at the time it was terrible. As the Czech rider posed for photographers ahead of Etixx-QuickSteps pre-Paris-Roubaix press conference on Friday afternoon, he flashed a grin that showed the success of his mid-week dental work. Stybars false teeth " he lost the originals in a crash at the Eneco Tour last year " rattled loose on the cobbles at the Tour of Flanders last Sunday, and he spent the final 70km of the race unable to eat solid food, subsisting on a diet of liquids and gels, though he managed to finish the race in ninth place. While his peers spent Monday recovering from their exertions at the Ronde, Stybar visited a dentist to receive a replacement dental bridge, and he said that he had encountered no problems during Etixx-QuickSteps reconnaissance on the pav on Friday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Theyre okay now, theyre really well glued and brand new, he said. I really hope I dont lose them again now. It was really disturbing in the race last week. Maybe I wont eat any coconut bars or sticky candy for a while, but drinking from the bidon or eating a bar isnt a problem. You dont feel it racing, but you do notice it when you lose half of your teeth at the end of the race. Despite the absence of Tom Boonen, Etixx-QuickStep still has a trio of Paris-Roubaix contenders, as Stybar will lead the line alongside Stijn Vandenbergh and defending champion Niki Terpstra. Stybars cyclo-cross background means that he was tipped as a future Roubaix winner on belatedly turning to the road full-time midway through 2012. Although he views himself as being more suited to the Tour of Flanders, Stybar performed better at Paris-Roubaix in his first two springs with QuickStep, finishing sixth after a collision with a spectator forced him out of the winning move in 2013 and then taking fifth last year. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins in no mood to dwell on past ahead of Paris-Roubaix
April 11, 2015 (04:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As reporters loitered in the doorway of Kortrijks Hotel Messeyne on Friday afternoon ahead of Skys pre-Paris-Roubaix press conference, word filtered through that the main attraction, Bradley Wiggins, was not inclined to come downstairs and speak with them. The sight of a group of British journalists arguing the toss with a Sky press officer on the pavement outside the hotel would, in its own way, have been a perfectly fitting way for Wiggins to sign off on his final round of media duties with the team, but eventually he filed into a conference room at the rear of the hotel to face questions, wrapped up in a black jacket and woolly hat. Wiggins classics campaign to date has had a decidedly valedictory feel. Ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and again before the Tour of Flanders, he regaled journalists with memories of watching Paris-Roubaix and his early professional experiences. Now 48 hours ahead of The Last Race Ever, however, he made it clear that he was in no mood to cast an eye back over his career just now.ADVERTISEMENT Im just focused on the race. Im trying not to think about that, its becoming quite negative now. Im not enjoying it, Wiggins said. My career finishes on Sunday, not before, so I need to focus on the race and not keep thinking about all the nostalgic parts of it. Im just focused on trying to get my head in the right frame of mind for the race with no thoughts of afterwards because that makes the job even harder. All winter, Wiggins preparations for his final crack at Paris-Roubaix have made headlines across Europe and the attention has only intensified following the withdrawal of both Fabian Cancellara and Tom Boonen through injury. The Englishman took the step of reconnoitring the pav once a month over the off-season in order to see the Roubaix finale in various conditions, though he stressed that, unlike a time trial or a pursuit, his methodical approach offered no guarantees. Its not as quantifiable, Ive been saying that all winter that its not a given, Wiggins said. I was talking to Sep Vanmarcke the other day. He said: If you listen to the press youve won it already. And I said to him that if it was as easy as that Id have done it fifteen years ago. You can be in the best possible shape and finish last in Roubaix. Its really like that. You can have a puncture at the wrong time, a crash, and its over. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins: Winning Paris-Roubaix would be bigger than the Tour de France
April 11, 2015 (04:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bradley Wiggins says that if he were to win his final race with Team Sky at Paris-Roubaix this Sunday it would rank among his personal achievements than his Tour de France victory. Wiggins is due to draw a close to his road career this week as he switches his focus to the track ahead of next year's Olympic Games in Rio and will ride Roubaix as his final send-off. "It would be bigger in my eyes at the moment. That's not to say that the Tour wasn't huge because it was. I think it would be more enjoyable because it's only one day and it's over in six hours," Wiggins said. "It was always a fairy tale Roubaix, and you finish and because you had a good race you forget how hard it was. "I idolised some of my heroes as a kid who rode these races. Despite what might have come out in the last few years, with honesty groups and whatever, just the pure passion, regardless of what people were doing or not doing, just that pure passion for the sport. I wouldn't be here without it."ADVERTISEMENT Riding Paris-Roubaix was deemed much too risky when preparing for a tilt at the Tour de France and he was only able to return to the race last year, for the first time in three seasons. He survived the selection and came through the cobbles in the main group of contenders before going onto finish ninth. With more specific preparation for the event, Wiggins has been put among the favourites for victory on Sunday. However, Wiggins is aware that finding that perfect send-off is far easier said than done. "Everyone says, 'oh you can win Roubaix and have this fairy tale ending' but it's not as easy as that and I'd give anything to be in the same position, the Carrefore de l'Arbe again like I was last year and that would be enough for me to be honest. I mean I'd love to win, I'm not here saying that I'd accept ninth place but to have a clean run through the race, to have no crashes. "To come onto that Velodrome with all my peers, I'm getting too nostalgic but that's a huge part of it." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Thomas: Wiggins is the best rider Britain has produced
April 04, 2015 (04:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The next eight days will be the last for Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins as teammates, as Wiggins draws the curtain on his road career. The pair have known each other for some time, riding together on the track and winning gold in the team pursuit at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. It was then that Wiggins decided to put an end to his track career and focus on the road but their paths would cross again with the advent of Team Sky. While Thomas was still performing at the highest level on the track, Wiggins was going from strength to strength on the road - culminating in his overall victory at the Tour de France in 2012. That year would be Thomas last on the boards and his road career has since enjoyed a dramatic leap forwards. Earlier this week, Wiggins tipped Thomas as the future of Team Sky and as a potentially talismanic figure for the British outfit. Talking ahead of this weekends Tour of Flanders, Thomas remembered his time with Wiggins fondly. Hes one of if not the best cyclists that Britains produced. Hes a top guy to have around and learn off really over the years, said Thomas. When I grew up he was a few years ahead of me, he was winning junior Worlds and then he went to the Olympics and turned pro and he was doing everything that I wanted to do. Then to ride Beijing with him and spend more or less two years together with that one goal in mind. Weve been good friends since really. When you do the team pursuit and youre away on training camps together with four or five guys, its pretty intense and you go through a lot together and that always stays with you. Hopefully he can end his pro career nicely in Roubaix. After his recent success, Thomas has taken on the responsibility of Team Skys sole leader for the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, and has been touted as the big favourite for the 264 kilometre race. Its a position that is new to him and he is grateful to have Wiggins and Ian Stannard by his side. Its massive. Its flattering as well. Its a big compliment for people to be mentioning my name as a potential winner, explained Thomas. I think Brads already said that hes happy to get stuck in and do his job. I think having someone like him to help keep you near the front near the end of the race, theres no better guy physically especially when he is up for it. Its great to have him around; its the same with Stannard. I think that theyre both happy to play that role on Sunday and then well talk about Roubaix afterwards. The tables are set to turn a week later as Wiggins rides his final race with the team at Paris-Roubaix. However, with Thomas so dominant in recent weeks, questions were asked if he would like to attempt the double and take on Roubaix but he brushed such inquiries off, saying that the elder of the two would have his backing on that day. Brads the guy for Roubaix at the moment. We havent really sat down and spoken about it but hes targeting that and usually when hes targeting that then hell have pretty good legs, said Thomas. I think for myself I think that this weekend is the one that Id prefer to do well in. It suits me a bit better and its the one Ive been thinking about all winter.ADVERTISEMENT "I havent really thought about Roubaix, obviously Monday morning you start thinking about that but when it comes to the leaders. Roubaix is the same as Sunday and a lot can happen and I think its good having Stannard, Brad and myself, three good guys who can be up there will help a lot. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, please click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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