Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Wiggins' Tour de France days might be over
At 33, Bradley Wiggins says his days riding in cycling's most famous race could be finished for good.
Defending Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky), sidelined from this year's race because of an injury, may not try to win the race again, he indicated in comments published on Friday.
"For me it was always about winning the Tour," Wiggins was quoted as saying on the website for The Guardian.
"I've done that. If I'm honest, I don't think I'm prepared to make those sacrifices again that I made last year, with my family and so on. I've achieved what I've achieved. I'm incredibly happy with that."
Wiggins, who was Britain's first-ever winner of the famous race, followed up with a gold medal in the Olympic time trial and played a starring role by ringing a bell to signal the start of the Games' opening ceremony.
He also won the BBC's prestigious Sports Personality of the Year award and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to cycling, but he has endured mixed fortunes on the bike since then.
First he was involved in a training ride crash with a car near his home in northwest England, and then he had to pull out of last month’s Giro d'Italia -- which he was hoping to win -- because of an illness.
He then dropped out of the Tour with a knee injury, paving the way for his teammate Chris Froome to lead Sky's charge for further glory when the race starts on June 29 in Corsica.
"If I do anything else after this it will be stuff I want to do, stuff that I'm willing to train hard and sacrifice for really," the 33-year-old Wiggins said. "For me it was always about winning the Tour, that was a huge thing for me, a huge journey; I've been doing that four years. I don't know if I'd want to go through all that again to be honest.
"I've always had other goals and there are other things I'd like to try and do," he added, without elaborating.
On Froome's chances, Wiggins said his Nairobi-born compatriot was in prime form and looked set "for a few years to win a few Tours maybe."
The paper said that Wiggins was on the road to recovery and aimed to return to racing at the Tour of Poland, which begins July 27.
He is also aiming to compete in the Tour of Britain and the world championships in Florence in September, according to the story.