Bradley Wiggins will stay on at Team Sky until 2016, but says his days of being a Grand Tour contender are over
Bradley Wiggins has said that he will target next year’s Paris-Roubaix and possibly take on the Hour Record. The 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic time trial champion also said that he will stay on at Team Sky through 2016, but will never again ride a Grand Tour to win it overall.
In an interview with Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport taken at the Pinarello Cycling Marathon in Italy, Wiggins said “I’m thinking about the Hour Record. Not this year but I’ll try next year. And I’ll do it on these bikes because I’m going to stay at Sky.”
Wiggins previously expressed an interest in taking on the Hour Record after the Union Cycliste Internationale introduced rule changes for the event.
Wiggins targetted Paris-Roubaix this year, placing a creditable ninth. Next year, he says it will be his main season aim: “I rode this year but next year I want to win it. It’ll be my big goal for 2015.”
It is thought that Wiggins will ride in the Vuelta a Espana this year, possibly alongside the currently injured Chris Froome, before targetting the time trial world championship title in Ponferrada, Spain, in September.
Before that, Wiggins will compete for England in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he will ride on the road and track. It has been rumoured that Wiggins may attempt to set a new world record for the individual pursuit during the event.
Wiggins was omitted from Sky’s 2014 Tour de France squad, despite winning the Tour of California in May and reclaiming the British time trial title. The 34 year old has been linked with a possible move to either Garmin-Sharp or Orica-GreenEdge when his current Sky contract expires at the end of 2014, but now it seems he’ll stay in Sky colours.