Wig­gins ready for next chap­ter

Cycling Weekly - - News -

Fol­low­ing his suc­cess at the Rio Olympics, Sir Bradley Wig­gins is set to ease into re­tire­ment later this year by tak­ing a new role with his epony­mous team, cre­at­ing a wom­enõs team and fo­cus­ing on his range of bikes.

Wig­gins is work­ing on launch­ing a wom­enõs team for the 2018 sea­son. Speak­ing at an event for Rapha Cy­cle Club mem­bers shortly af­ter re­turn­ing to the UK last week, he said: Òthatõs the next nat­u­ral thing now that I have more time. With the suc­cess at the Olympics this comes round ev­ery four years, wom­enõs cy­cling comes to the fore and thereõs talk of a wom­enõs Team Sky or a wom­enõs Tour de France.

ÒITÕS time for some­one to put their money where their mouth isé whether itõs an un­der-23 or pro team, IÕD still like to keep it grass­roots and give a path for women to go through to the big­ger teams on the road.ó

Wig­gins will also take up a new role on the menõs Con­ti­nen­tal team he started in the wake of his non-se­lec­tion for Skyõs Tour de France squad in 2014, Team Wig­gins.

How­ever, what ex­actly he will do on the team when he stops rid­ing re­mains un­clear. When asked, Wig­gins joked: ÒI donõt want to be like [Sky prin­ci­pal] Dave Brails­ford thatõs for sure.ó

He added: Òjust be­ing my­self. Hav­ing me as a per­son, I think that rubs off into the team.ó

The gold medal winner is also set to fo­cus on pro­mot­ing his range of chil­drenõs bikes, sold through Hal­fords.

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