PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 25, 2014 (AFP) – Having finally added the world
title to his Olympic timetrial crown from two years ago, Bradley Wiggins has
set himself two new targets: winning Paris-Roubaix and setting a new hour
The 34-year-old Briton beat three-time reigning champion Tony Martin of
Germany to the world title in Ponferrada, Spain, on Wednesday, with Dutch
youngster Tom Dumoulin taking third place.
But now the 2012 Tour de France winner, a four-time Olympic champion and
winner of prestigious races such as the Criterium du Dauphine (twice), Tour de
Romandie and Paris-Nice — not to mention lower key events such as his home
Tour of Britain and the Tour of California — says he will target
Paris-Roubaix and the world hour record next year, before focusing on the
track and the team pursuit at the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
But he said he will not compete at another World Championships, having won
silver medals in 2011 and 2013.
“To add the world title on the road to the Olympic one — I had a couple of
second places — (but) I could have lived with it if I never won it in my
career so it’s always nice to add it,” said Wiggins, a six-time world champion
on the track in individual and team pursuits.
“I always said after London (the Olympics) that anything else I got was a
bonus. It’s nice to end the season like this having missed the Tour and stuff
through the year.
“I worked towards this and trained specifically for this event since the
Commonwealth Games in July, so yes, it’s been good.”
Although he will return to the track for the next Games — and the hour
record is also attempted in a velodrome — Wiggins said he’s not quite
finished with road racing.
He finished ninth at Paris-Roubaix in April and believes that’s a race he
“This time next year it will be less than a year from the Olympics in Rio
so I will be in full track mode for the team pursuit,” he said when explaining
why this would be his last World Championships.
“I can’t imagine doing a trip to America to do the worlds next year, I just
don’t see it fitting in.
“Post Rio I’m not going to go to Qatar to ride. I will be 37 then so I’m
not going to do the masters, this will be the last one.”
He added: “I’d love to win Roubaix, obviously I was up there this year. I
want to focus more on it next year and off the back of that really focus on
the hour record rather than trying to go for the hour record next week off the
back of this.
“(I want to) focus on that and do it as a project and get the most out of
that one attempt (on the hour record),” Wiggins said, just a week after
43-year-old German Jens Voigt set a new hour world record of 51.115 kilometres.
“Also it will give me something to do next year (as he won’t be on Sky’s
Tour team) and also to finish off with hopefully another shot at another gold
medal in Rio with the team pursuit would be a nice way to end it all.”