Tour de France - Wiggins considers Olympic options

Fri, 10 Jun 17:08:00 2011

Bradley Wiggins faces a tough challenge to shine at both the Tour de France and Olympics next year and has been considering his Games options.

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The three-times Olympic champion told Reuters at his hotel after the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine that he wanted to race on the road and the track at the Games.

"At the moment, I really don't know how it's going to work. I'd like to do the track, I'd like to do the team pursuit," said the Team Sky leader who is also considering the time trial.

Belgium-born Wiggins, overall leader going into the weekend mountain stages in the Dauphine, has already experimented to see how he could race on the track after several days on the road.

"I tried to do the team pursuit in the World Cup in Manchester this year," he said in an interview.

"I went to (the Tour of) Qatar and went straight to the World Cup and that went well so it's a been a bit of an experiment, long term, for London with obviously the Tour quite close next year to the Olympics."

The 2012 Tour is due to run from June 30 to July 22, with the Olympics track cycling starting on Aug. 2 in London.

The week-long Tour of Qatar in February saw Wiggins reunited with Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Ed Clancy in a bid to beat the team pursuit world record in Manchester a few days later.

Asked about his focus at the Olympics, he said: "We will see how it's going. Maybe I will do the time trial and maybe the team pursuit. That's a bit of a goal at the moment, that might be quite a big challenge to take on."

The 31-year-old is a twice individual pursuit Olympic champion and won the team pursuit four years ago in Beijing.

In 2009, Wiggins almost made the Tour podium but was fourth overall and he failed to sustain the pace last year in the mountains, finishing the three-week race down in 24th overall.

Wiggins's priority next year is still anyone's guess but he gave a few hints. "There are a few options," he said.

"If I have a great Tour again this year, I think the objective might be the Olympics more next year.

"But I certainly, as it stands, have unfinished business with the Tour de France".

Reuters

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