Wiggins sets sights on Rio Olympics

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Sir Bradley Wiggins has admitted that he is unlikely to contest another Tour De France. He was candid about the reason: Team Sky colleague and current Tour champion Chris Froome is too good for Wiggins to challenge. Instead Wiggins plans a return to track cycling and an attempt at claiming another Olympic gold to add to his collection.

"I don't mind admitting that Chris is probably a better Grand Tour rider than me," Wiggins told the Times. "He is a much better climber, he can time trial as well. He has age on his side, he has no kids. That's fine. If Chris wants to, he could potentially win five tours now. So if I want to win another tour, I'd probably have to leave the team." Wiggins doesn't want to face leaving a team he loves.

He admits that there was a little tension in the Team Sky camp when Froome was chosen as team leader rather than the 2012 champion Wiggins, but said that as a professional he could respect the thinking behind the decision.

Making the transition from the road back to the track is not straightforward. It needs a different kind of preparation and a different kind of physique. "Having lost weight and muscle the last few years, I wouldn't be able to walk back into that team pursuit squad," Wiggins said, "so I am not taking it for granted but I am working towards that."

Wiggins has a habit of fulfilling his ambitions, however tough they seem. "I'm going to continue to the next Olympics and try for a fifth gold on the track, that's the plan," he said. "It would be nice to finish the career with another Olympic gold." He won track golds in 2004 and 2008 before winning the time trial at the London Olympics in 2012.

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