It’s just as well Bradley Wiggins has become a stage racer as it doesn’t seem as though he’s going to get another crack at the Olympic pursuit.
We were looking forward to Wiggo going for his third successive gold in the individual 4,000 metres on home soil in 2012, along with Rebecca Romero defending her women’s title, but now if the International Olympic Committee gets its way both events will be scrapped.
After finishing fourth in this year’s Tour de France, Wiggins reckoned he could still combine the world’s biggest race with his Olympic ambitions but now, like Romero, he’s going to have to make do with just the team pursuit in London.
Maybe Romero would be better off going back to rowing, or finding another sport that Olympic bosses don’t have such a downer on. Swimming would be a safe bet, wth an incredible 34 golds up for grabs in a ridiculous variety of events, compared to just 10 track cycling titles.
It’s not the first time that bike racing has faced the chop. Sir Chris Hoy was crowned king of the kilometre in Athens, but then the race was dropped. Of course, Sir Chris stayed one step ahead, switching to the sprint with equal success.
Surely the Games should include the disciplines that really matter. Swapping the pursuit for an omnium is ridiculous.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly.