Sir Bradley Wiggins says he wants to inspire a new generation of cyclists after announcing that he is set to launch a professional cycling team this year.
The seven-time Olympic medallist is currently preparing for the team pursuit at Rio 2016 as he bids to build on his team pursuit gold on the track from London 2012.
His new team ‘Wiggins’ will feature an exciting crop of British talent including Owain Doull, Mark Christian, Jon Dibben, Steven Burke, Daniel Patten, Mike Thompson and Iain Paton, and the 34-year-old can’t wait to get started.
“Cycling has given me everything,” Wiggins said. “Now I want to build something to inspire kids and to reach all those people who might be on the fringes of the sport. My message is simple: If I can do it, then so can you.
“We’ve seen cycling grow in popularity over the last few years and I want Wiggins to inspire a new generation of cyclists."
The team will be sponsored by Sky and, while it will operate independently of British Cycling, it will provide opportunities for emerging talent to gain experience in the build-up to Rio.
And Ian Drake, chief executive of British Cycling, believes the team is an exciting next step in an already illustrious legacy for Wiggins.
“Sir Bradley’s performances on track and road have helped to inspire a new generation of British cyclists,” he said.
“He won his first Olympic medal in Sydney in 2000 and it's impressive to see him still breaking new ground now, 15 years later, as his team Wiggins represents a great opportunity for some of our most promising young riders to develop their skills and abilities on the road to Rio 2016.”
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