A man who wanted to upgrade his Sky broadband speed got something rather quicker than he bargained – a Pinarello bike Sir Bradley Wiggins rode to victory in the 2012 Tour de France. But while some might envy Chris Green’s luck in winning it in a prize draw, financial realities mean he has to sell the Italian dream machine.
According to BBC Sport, Green “absent-mindedly ticked a couple of boxes on a letter about his internet service from Sky.”
Next year could see a vintage battle on the track with Tony Martin throwing his hat into the ring for a potential crack at the Hour record – something that Fabian Cancellara and Sir Bradley Wiggins have also expressed an interest in tackling.
A new book claims that Sir Bradley Wiggins snubbed Team Sky colleague Chris Froome after winning last year’s Tour de France – by splitting his prize money with all his other team-mates, excluding the man who would this year succeed him to the yellow jersey.
Mark Cavendish’s team manager at Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Patrick Lefevere, says he must concentrate on the road, not the track, effectively putting an end to any hopes the rider may have of winning an Olympic medal in 2016.
Cavendish has expressed interest in riding for Team GB as part of its team pursuit line-up at Rio in three years’ time, when the country is hoping to win gold in that event for the third Olympics in succession.
Chris Froome, team-mate and runner-up to Sir Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour de France and emphatic champion in 2013, has shed light on how he copes with the pain of Grand Tour mountain stages in a reflective interview with the BBC.
Reminiscing about a harpoon-related accident that took place on Christmas Day in 2001, Froome told the BBC that the pain he felt then makes “temporary pain when climbing a mountain stage like Ventoux seem pretty insignificant.”
British Cycling’s chief executive Ian Drake has told Sir Bradley Wiggins that reputation is no guarantee of selection for the British Olympic team at Rio in 2016.
Wiggins, aged 33, hopes to ride the team pursuit with the aim of picking up a fifth Olympic gold medal.
He was a member of the victorious Team GB quartet at Beijing in 2008, where he also successfully defended the individual pursuit title he had won in Athens four years earlier.
Chris Froome came close to joining Movistar during the 2011 Vuelta, the management of the Spanish team has claimed. Froome, the current Tour de France champion, finished that race second overall, joining Robert Millar as the then highest placed British rider ever in the general classification of a Grand Tour.
Sir Bradley Wiggins has signed a joint venture agreement with impresario Simon Fuller - the man who built 'Brand Beckham' - to build a “global cycling venture,” although no specific details of what that might involve have been made public yet.
News of the tie-up between the four-time Olympic gold medallist and 2012 Tour de France champion and the man who also brought the world the Spice Girls and Pop Idol was announced yesterday by XIX Entertainment, set up by Fuller in 2010.
Westminster Council is to honour the achievements of Sir Bradley Wiggins with a blue plaque commemorating the London recreation ground where he took his first tentative pedal strokes.
It comes after his Tour of Britain win last weekend, just a few miles across the capital in Whitehall, and Paddington is a world away from Hampton Court Palace to the west, where he won his Olympic gold medal in the time trial at the London 2012 Games.
Germany's Tony Martin put in a towering performance in Tuscany this afternoon to win the UCI World Championship Time Trial for the third year in a row, while behind him Great Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins and Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland fought out a duel through the streets of Florence for the silver medal as they headed towards the finish at Mandela Forum.