POSTED: July 19th 2009

Wiggins ready to put Tour ambitions before London 2012

Bradley Wiggins (blue and yellow helmet) tucks in behind Tour giant Lance Armstrong /
Bradley Wiggins (blue and yellow helmet) tucks in behind Tour giant Lance Armstrong /

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: Britain’s Olympic gold-medal cyclist Bradley Wiggins is considering giving London 2012 a miss to concentrate on a concerted attack on road racing in general and the Tour de France in particular.

Wiggins stayed away from the Tour in 2008 both to distance himself from a doping scandal involving former Cofidis team-mate Christian Moreni and partly to devote himself to preparation for Beijing.

After winning medals of all three colours in 2004 he won a double-gold at the 2008 Games. He then signed a two-year contract with Garmin, lost weight and made an impression return to significant events in the Giro d’Italia.

Wiggins was third overall in the Tour at the end of Sunday's 15th stage - with Alberto Contador wearing the ovrall leader's yellow jersey - and, according to a report in The Sunday Times, is encouraged enough by his progress to think about maintaining his attack on cycling’s greatest event over the next years.

Wiggins was reported as saying: “The Olympic Games are fantastic for the two weeks they are on every four years but the Tour de France is where it’s at. It [London 2012] all depends on this last week.

"If I can finish in the top five or top 10 – or even if I have one horrendous day and slip down to 15th – what I’ve experienced in these past two weeks has made me realise what I want to do for the next four years. Riding well at the Tour de France is a dream come true . . . How far can I go on the road? That’s a question I really want to answer.”

Keywords · Great Britain · cycling · Wiggins · Olympic Games · London 2012 · Beijing · Tour de France

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