Wiggins ready for next chapter
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.