Wiggins going for both gold and yellow in 2012?
Bradley Wiggins looks to be signing up for the Tour de France as well as the Olympics in 2012.
With just 366 days to go until the start of the 2012 Olympics in London, all British eyes are turned on which athletes will be representing Great Britain in the various disciplines. Cycling in particular.
So, it may surprise some that Bradley Wiggins looks like he's going to be competing for a podium finish in next year's Tour de France (from June 30th to July 22nd) as well as aiming for a medal in the road time trial at the Olympics on August 1st. And if that wasn't enough, he'd automatically be expected to compete in the Olympic road race on July 28th, just six days after the Champs Elysee and is also offering himself for selection for the team pursuit.
Its is, however, all less surprising perhaps when you consider the crushing disappointment faced by the Team Sky rider in this year's tour, as he was forced to withdraw from the race in Stage 7 following a crash in which he suffered a broken collar bone.
Wiggins told The Telegraph "The whole period of the Tour and the Olympic cycling events is a priority for me next year. Certainly I think I can do all three."
"I will do everything possible to be the best in the Tour and then it will be straight back into holding camp in London and the Olympics."
With regard to the fears of jeopardising his country's Olympic medal chances by competing in the Tour, he said "that is a risk I'm willing to take, and just about everybody riding the Tour will also be looking to double up at the Olympics."
Ultimately, it will be up to GB management as to whether it is deemed practical and workable for Wiggins to ride as part of the GB Team Pursuit Squad as well as the road time trial. This winter's training programme will almost certainly see a decision being made.
So, can one rider wear yellow and gold together?