Sir Bradley Wiggins has been talking about the prospect of taking part in his fifth and final Olympic Games, one in which he hopes to secure the fifth gold medal of his career.
He was speaking to British Cycling from the holding camp at Celtic Manor near Newport where Team GB’s track cyclists were training before leaving for Rio, with the first part of the video interview appearing above, the second part below.
The 36-year-old’s Olympic career began in Sydney in 2000 and continued through Athens, Beijing and London to Rio, and has brought him four gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
He says the use of the Welsh resort as a base for the build-up every four years means that irrespective of the host city, “remarkably, they all feel the same, and that representing Team GB in the Olympics “is probably the proudest thing you’ll ever do.”
The days preceding London 2012 of course, where Wiggins took part in the road events, would have been rather different and impossible to repeat, not just because the Games were in the city he grew up in.
The Sunday before they began, he’d become the first British rider to win the Tour de France and as a result, dressed in a yellow jersey, was invited to ring the bell to get the Opening Ceremony under way before grabbing an early night ahead of the road race. Five days later, he took gold in the time trial.
A medal of any colour in Rio would see Wiggins move ahead of Sir Chris Hoy as Great Britain’s most successful Olympian in terms of total medals won.
With the country securing silver behind Australia in the team pursuit at the world championships in London in March, there’s every prospect of that happening – but now that Ed Clancy has returned to full fitness, and with the squad reportedly hitting sub-world record pace in Newport, it’s gold that Wiggins is targeting.
“Anything less than a gold will be a huge disappointment the way we’re going at the moment,” he insists.
“Something will have to go seriously wrong for us to lose and if that’s the case whether it’s someone struck down with illness or we have a crash or mishap, then it will be a huge disappointment.”
He also runs through his fellow team members – Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Steven Burke, all of whom are first choice to ride the team pursuit, plus Mark Cavendish, in Rio for the Omnium but who will step in should any of the other four become ill or injured.
The track team left for Rio this morning. Hopefully all their luggage was clearly labelled.
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