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Wiggins: This could be my last Tour de France

ESPN staff
March 19, 2014
Sir Bradley Wiggins is hoping to make Great Britain's track team for the 2016 Rio Olympics © Getty Images

Sir Bradley Wiggins has admitted he may be waving farewell to the Tour de France after this year's race when he will turn his attentions to the track at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Wiggins, who won the Yellow Jersey in 2012, is set to work in support of defending champion Chris Froome in Team Sky's squad for the Tour this year but has ambitions to win a fifth Olympic gold medal following his time trial success at the London Games.

"After the Tour de France, we're 18 months out from the Olympics and that's really when you've got to get back on the [track] programme," Wiggins told the Cyclingnews website. "It could be that this is my last Tour. If it is, I'd better make it a good one.

"It's likely I'll be on Team Sky for the next couple of years, even if I'm on the track programme, because that's what the team was created for: to help the track guys.

"But in what capacity I will race could change drastically as I put on more weight for the track and specialise for it."

Wiggins also pointed to the Great Britain's men's team recent struggles at the world track championships, where they finished eighth in qualifying and did not make the finals.

"I think I can get in the team. Look at what they did in the Worlds. I don't think it's going to be a tough team to crack into," he explained.

"It'll need a few guys coming back, people like Pete Kennaugh and others but perhaps Geraint [Thomas] won't come back because his road stuff is coming on so well. But I'm not going to take it lightly. I could even be back on the track this winter for the qualification process."

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