LONDON, June 22, 2013 (AFP) – Tour de France 2012 winner Bradley Wiggins,
sidelined from this year’s edition through injury, may not try to win the race
again, he indicated in comments published on Friday.
“For me it was always about winning the Tour,” he was quoted as saying on
guardian.co.uk, the web site of Britain’s The Guardian newspaper.
“I’ve done that. If I’m honest I don’t think I’m prepared to make those
sacrifices again that I made last year, with my family and so on. I’ve
achieved what I’ve achieved. I’m incredibly happy with that.”
Wiggins, who was Britain’s first-ever winner of the famous race, followed
up with gold in the Olympic time-trial and played a starring role ringing a
bell to signal the start of the Games’ opening ceremony.
He also won the BBC’s prestigious Sports Personality of the Year award and
was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to cycling but has endured
mixed fortunes on the bike since then.
First he was involved in a training ride crash with a car near his home in
northwest England, then had to pull out of this year’s Giro d’Italia — which
he was hoping to win — through illness.
He then dropped out of the Tour with a knee injury, paving the way for his
team-mate Chris Froome, to lead Team Sky’s charge for further glory when the
race starts on June 29.
Wiggins, 33, added: “If I do anything else after this it will be stuff I
want to do, stuff that I’m willing to train hard and sacrifice for really.
“For me it was always about winning the Tour, that was a huge thing for me,
a huge journey; I’ve been doing that four years. I don’t know if I’d want to
go through all that again to be honest.
“I’ve always had other goals and there are other things I’d like to try and
do,” he added, without elaborating.
On Froome’s chances, Wiggins said his Nairobi-born compatriot, last year’s
runner-up in the Tour, was in prime form and looked set “for a few years to
win a few Tours maybe”.
Froome, 28, has been in superlative form this season, winning the
traditional Tour warm-up, the Criterium du Dauphine, as well as stage
victories in a number of major races.
The daily said that Wiggins was on the road to recovery and aimed to return
to racing in the Tour of Poland, which begins on July 27.
He is also aiming to compete in the Tour of Britain and world championships
in Florence in September, it added.