Thursday 27 October 2016

Wiggins for Hell of the North race before quitting

Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins

Sunday's Paris-Roubaix, the race known as 'The Hell of the North', will be Bradley Wiggins' last as a professional cyclist and the 34-year old 2012 Tour de France winner is determined to go out with a flourish.

He finished in ninth last year topping his previous best of 25th.

"I learnt a lot from last year," says the Team Sky rider (inset). "This time we will plan for all eventualities."

His team-mate Geraint Thomas is Team Sky's main man and Wiggins will be expected to provide back up.

"He's on the verge of winning something big," says Wiggins, who afterwards will begin concentrating on his preparations for next year's Rio Olympics.

"Paris-Roubaix is a special race ," he says.

"It's one of the toughest races in the calendar."

Seán Kelly, who won nine of these demanding races, describes Wiggins as "the master of preparation" but worries that he may not have been doing his homework long enough before Sunday's demanding challenge. Kelly admits a Wiggins win would "put him on another level as a rider".


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