SKY HIGH WIG­GINS IS READY FOR GOLD

CY­CLING

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 -

BRADLEY WIG­GINS is ready to clock-it to his long-suf­fer­ing ri­vals in a bid to go from yel­low to gold in the space of just 10 days.

British cy­cling’s man of the mo­ment is red hot favourite in the men’s time trial in his at­tempts to top the podium for the third straight Olympics.

Wig­gins will dash round the 27-mile course that starts and fin­ishes at Lon­don’s Hamp­ton Court in well un­der an hour to­day as he looks to add a fourth ca­reer gold to his stun­ning suc­cess in the Tour de France last month.

The 32-year-old can’t wait to get out among the hun­dreds of thou­sands of Brit fans who’ll line the route to cheer him on, with the proud Lon­doner in­sist­ing he’s over the bit­ter blow of fail­ure in the team road race.

The Jam-lov­ing Mod fa­ther said: “Con­fi­dence is sky high that we’re go­ing to be in the ball­park. I’ll go out there and do the per­for­mance I’ve done so well all year in time-tri­als and see if it is good enough on the day.”

Con­sis­tent

Reign­ing Olympic cham­pion Fabian Can­cel­lara – the Swiss who has re­cov­ered from a heavy fall in Satur­day’s team race – and Ger­man speed­ster Tony Martin pose the big­gest threat to British gold.

But af­ter eas­ily win­ning both Tour de France time tri­als to be­come the first Brit to earn the fi­nal yel­low jersey in the race’s 109-year his­tory, Wig­gins knows he’s in the shape of his life and can add to Lizzie Ar­mis­tead’s sil­ver in the women’s team race.

He added: “I’ve done enough to re­alise there’s no rea­son why ev­ery­thing’s sud­denly go­ing to fall apart.

“My per­for­mances all year have been con­sis­tent so I’ve no rea­son to think that’s go­ing to change.”

Chris Froome came sec­ond to Wig­gins on the Tour and the Kenyan-born Brit hopes to make it a stun­ning one-two.

The 27-year-old added: “It would be phe­nom­e­nal to be be up there in the stand­ings. I’ll give it my best shot.”

CON­FI­DENT: Wig­gins

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