Sir Bradley Wiggins will race for Team Sky for the last time in Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, but the Olympic time trial champion insists he is not taking a fairytale ending for granted.
Since joining Team Sky for their inaugural season in 2010, Wiggins has been one of the brightest lights in the world of cycling with 2012 a particular highlight.
It was in that year that Wiggins became the first British winner of the Tour de France before going on to claim time trial gold at the London Olympics.
And Wiggins will bring his time with Team Sky to an end on Sunday in the Paris-Roubaix one-day race.
Known as 'the Hell of the North', it is a 253.5-kilometres race through the World War One battlefields of northern France, the brutal test featuring 27 sections of cobbles totalling 53km.
The race finishes in the Roubaix Velodrome, where Wiggins dreams of glory – even if he knows that is easier said than done.
"Everyone says, 'oh you can win Roubaix and have this fairy tale ending' but it's not as easy as that," Wiggins told cyclingnews.com.
"I mean I'd love to win, I'm not here saying that I'd accept ninth place, but to have a clean run through the race, to have no crashes.
"To come on to that velodrome with all my peers, I'm getting too nostalgic but that's a huge part of it."
However, should the 34-year-old triumph then he admits it would be the biggest triumph of his glittering career.
"It would be bigger in my eyes at the moment," Wiggins added.
"That's not to say that the Tour wasn't huge because it was. I think it would be more enjoyable because it's only one day and it's over in six hours."
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