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Sir Bradley WIggins insists GB team pursuit squad aren't "in a Chelsea situation"

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Sir Bradley Wiggins insists that Great Britain’s men’s team pursuit squad aren’t “in a Chelsea situation” despite failing to win a medal in last weekend’s UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

Next August, Wiggins hopes to ride for a fifth Olympic gold medal in an event that Team GB have won at the past two Olympic Games, including at Beijing in 2008 where he was part of the victorious squad.

In Colombia, Great Britain’s qualifying time was only the fourth quickest and their time in the first round was not fast enough to put them into contention for a medal ride, with Russia beating Switzerland to gold and Australia clinching gold ahead of Denmark.

In the ride-off for fifth place against Germany, however, Great Britain, with Wiggins riding alongside Andy Tennant, Steven Burke and Owain Doull, were back on form, overlapping their rivals when set to clock a time well inside any of those in the medal rides.

Wiggins, who returned to the track earlier this year to set the current UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley VeloPark in June and is now focused on that Rio berth, told Sky Sports News that “There were a lot of positives to take” from Cali.

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“In the final ride, we were riding off for fifth and we were on World Record pace for 2.5 kilometres with the line-up we had.”

He continued: "Things like that you take more from, so it wasn't really about the colour of the medal or the position. The main one was the European title, which we won a few weeks ago, and travelling out to Colombia, with the time difference and everything, was more of an experimental project.

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"We are not racing now until the World Championships [in London] in March, so in competition, there aren't too many chances to try different things, which is what we did last week, so we're not really looking too much into the result.

Referring to the defending FA Premier League champions’ dismal start to the season that has cast doubt over manager Jose Mourinho’s future at Stamford Bridge, Wiggins maintained: “We haven't got a Chelsea situation on our hands."

On the subject of his return to the track, the 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic time trial champion said: "It's been really refreshing, being able to come from the road programme and come into a completely different world, one I started out on 15 years ago in Sydney at the Olympics.

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"It's like starting all over again,” he added. “It's refreshing to be able to do that. I'm very fortunate that I was able to do that because it breathes new life and motivation into you."

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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Phil H | 8 years ago
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Indeed. The standard of the copywriting on site seems to be going right down. E.g. 'WIggins'? Virtually every story has spelling errors or similar. Sort it out chaps. 

Charles_Hunter | 8 years ago

This article is gold..... ??!?

"with Russia beating Switzerland to gold and Australia clinching gold ahead of Denmark"

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