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Hill Climb Girl: Bradley Wiggins stars in - and inspires - cool Japanese animation

Team Sky rider given the anime treatment in delightful film Hill Climb Girl

Here’s something delightful to brighten up your Friday afternoon – a charming anime video from Japan called Hill Climb Girl, and what’s more, it stars Team Sky’s very own Bradley Wiggins.

Not only is the 2012 winner back riding the Tour de France – that’s a 2014 jersey he’s wearing – but his exploits on one of cycling’s most iconic climbs also provide inspiration for a high school student who idolises him.

She’s Hinako, aged 17, and every morning she races a boy from her class up the hill to their school, and she’s never beaten him yet.

The detail is superb, including the Rapha backpacks both youngsters tote to school, accurate down to the strap buckles, to the Rich Mitchelson Wiggo keyring – he gets a suitable credit.

We think it’s great, and we’d love to see more of this kind of thing.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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