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Tour de France and Olympic champion reflects on race which starts on Saturday in Naples

While all the talk over the past 24 hours or so has been about his intentions for the Tour de France and relationship with Chris Froome, Sir Bradley Wiggins has the small matter of the Giro d'Italia to deal with first - the Team Sky rider and Astana's Vincenzo Nibali are expected to be the main challengers for the maglia rosa, although there are a number of other riders who'll be looking to lay claim to it.

In this video from Team Sky clothing supplier Rapha, Wiggins talks about how he fuelled his passion for cycling as a teen by picking up magazines on eBay - given he's 33 now, and eBay was founded in 1995 but adopted its present name two years later, that makes him an impressively early adopter if our maths are correct - and also gives his thoughts about the Giro.

"I'd love to win the Tour of Italy and add that to the Tour de France," he says. "It's the other race that inspires me the most, it's an historical race and so many greats have won it. It's probably more romantic than the Tour, really, in cycling history.

"I think mainstream, everyone's 'the Tour de France,' but in cycling terms the Giro is probably more of a romantic race, I suppose, everyone loves watching it. So I would love to try and win that."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Tom Amos [236 posts] 3 years ago
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Yup, also noticed about the ebay statement. Presumably he means he bought "old" copies of magazines from the early 1990's - not that he bought magazines on ebay in the early 1990's. So he would have purchased them from 1995/6/7 onwards approx.

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 3 years ago
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Definite early signs that Wiggins is turning in to cycling's version of Ron Manager. Give him a few years…

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 3 years ago
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Bloody hell @tony... your right, Its Wiggo!

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Municipal Waste [241 posts] 3 years ago
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 39 Surely also, "I'd love to win the Giro, it's my job." Eh?

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lc1981 [56 posts] 3 years ago
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Pay attention! He says that his mum threw away all of his old cycling magazines from the early 1990s, and that he now buys old copies on eBay to replace them.

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WolfieSmith [1327 posts] 3 years ago
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'Fight for Pink' ? I seem to remember that Carrie Fisher had a successful book called 'Kissing the Pink'. But I don't think she was referring to jerseys.  39

If Sky mean the singer Pink I would have thought she could fight her own battles. She could certainly knock Sir Brad over in his near starved condition.