Bradley Wiggins Interview

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03/5/2012| 0 comments
by Reuters and Roadcycling.com
Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins (right) and Mark Cavendish. Photo copyright Jeff Moore Photography.
Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins (right) and Mark Cavendish. Photo copyright Jeff Moore Photography.

Bradley Wiggins Interview

Tour de France and Olympic glory is within Bradley Wiggins's grasp this year as the Briton targets the yellow jersey in Paris and a time trial gold at the London Games in a thrilling summer.

Tour de France and Olympic glory is within Bradley Wiggins's grasp this year as the Briton targets the yellow jersey in Paris and a time trial gold at the London Games in a thrilling summer.

Wiggins, a three-times Olympic champion on the track, will skip the London Velodrome to focus on the road this year.

Dealing with two major goals in a very short space of time should not be a problem for Wiggins who won silver in the 2011 world championships time trial a few days after finishing third overall in the Vuelta a Espana.

"(Doing the Vuelta before the world championships) is the best preparation. For the time trial it's certainly the best preparation if you stay outright healthy then you have the best form nine days later," Wiggins said in an interview before this week's 2012 Paris-Nice race.

"For sure, if you recover during that period after the Tour, you don't party in Paris or the usual stuff you do after the Tour.

What about a bottle of champagne if you win the 2012 Tour de France?

"Then it's difficult but the plan is still to go straight home on Sunday and no media, just concentrate on the Olympics as it was the case for the Vuelta and the world championships," said Wiggins, who believes he can carry his Tour de France form into the 2012 London Olympics.

"All the medalists from the world championships normally come from the Vuelta.

"I think cycling's unique in that sense, the only sport you can do something like the Tour de France and then the Olympics. I think that's difficult for a lot of people to comprehend."

Contrary to last year's edition, in this year's Tour de France, Wiggins will have to deal with world champion Mark Cavendish's presence in his Sky Team. Both riders have very different goals in the Tour but the Belgium-born Wiggins believes everything is set for a vintage year.

"It's pretty clear, we're not racing together until the Tour, so it's two camps really at the moment. The "classics camp" and this camp," the 31-year-old said.

"It's going to be a bit like that up to (the Tour de) Romandie and the Giro d'Italia (late April and May). It's not until we get to the Tour that we'll all come together."

Wiggins, who finished fourth overall in the 2009 Tour de France, will be working throughout the year with sports director Sean Yates, while Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford, who as Britain's director of performance also has the Olympics in mind, will be overseeing the whole structure.

"What Dave is very good at is putting people in place. It's taken two years to build that," Wiggins explained.

"Everything's running smoothly at the moment and Dave is kind of popping in and out."

Wiggins, however, cannot afford to crash on the Tour as he did last year when he quit the race with a broken collarbone after some bad positioning in the peloton sent him crashing to the Tarmac.

This is where he believes having Cavendish on the

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