Wiggins ready for home comforts
August 2, 2012 16:02 pm
Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic cycling champion Bradley Wiggins is looking forward to normality after achieving sporting immortality at the London 2012 Games.
The 32-year-old Londoner became the Tour's first British winner and then claimed road time-trial gold at Hampton Court for his seventh Olympic medal, surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave's British record haul. Wiggins was hoping to watch the action at the Olympic Velodrome along with wife Cath and children Ben and Isabella, before returning home.
"I'd love to take my kids to a couple of events," said Wiggins, who was hoping for further British success on the track.
"My son's seven, my daughter's five. This is a time in their life when they can remember this. I'd love to just go and sit with the rest of the crowd - if I can do that - and just be like everybody else and just enjoy the sport. I've done my medal now and it's down to the rest of the boys now. I just want to go and cheer them on.
"As to what comes next, the minute I step out of the Olympic Games and try to go back to normal life, I don't know.
"One thing I am quite adamant about is things aren't going to change too much. I train hard, I work hard. Ultimately I am very normal in my life, aside from cycling. I'm not a celebrity, I will never be a celebrity. I despise that whole celebrity culture."
Wiggins was already a three-time Olympic champion on the track and six-time Olympic medallist when he began his summer-long journey to sporting greatness. Now, he is a national hero, something he is content with in terms of sporting success after lauding the "phenomenal" support of the crowd which lined the 44-kilometre time-trial route.
He added: "I left home six weeks' ago for the Tour de France, known in cycling circles, but a relative no-one to the general public. A lot's changed.
"I'm grateful for everything, the attention and the adulation, because I have a lot of appreciation for what people achieve in sport and I have a lot of heroes and people I idolise in sport for what they've achieved.
"To just be up there and be looked upon as inspiring or whatever is brilliant."
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