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Cycling: Sir Bradley Wiggins launches new track and road cycling team

Former Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has launched his own cycling team as part of his preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The four-time Olympic champion will try to break the individual world hour record as part of his build-up to Rio with Team Wiggins.

“Cycling has given me everything,” said the 34-year-old.

“I want to build something to inspire kids and to reach all those people who might be on the fringes of the sport.”

He added: “My message is simple: if I can do it, then so can you.”

The team will feature young British talent including England’s Andy Tennant, Jon Dibben, Steven Burke, Daniel Patten and Mike Thompson, Welshman Owain Doull, Mark Christian of the Isle of Man and Scotland’s Iain Paton.

The team’s calendar of UK track and road events will be unveiled in spring 2015.

Team Wiggins will operate independently of British Cycling, but the governing body has given its backing to the outfit, which aims to provide opportunities for British riders to gain experience and track time together in the build-up to Rio 2016.

British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake said Wiggins has “helped to inspire a new generation of British cyclists”.

He added: “Sir Bradley won his first Olympic medal in Sydney in 2000 and it’s impressive to see him still breaking new ground now, 15 years later with his Wiggins team.”

Wiggins will continue to ride with Team Sky until April, before switching his focus to the track and his Olympic bid.

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Cycling: Sir Bradley Wiggins signs Team Sky extension until end of April

Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins has signed a contract extension with Team Sky which will see him race for the team until the end of April.

Wiggins, 34, is planning to compete in April’s Paris-Roubaix one-day race before switching to the track and his bid to qualify for the Rio 2016 Games.

“Paris-Roubaix is a special race for me and I’m determined to give it another go in Team Sky colours,” said Wiggins.

“After that I can focus fully on preparing for the Rio Olympics .”

Wiggins joined Team Sky in 2010 and two years late became the first British rider to win the Tour de France.

Later in 2012, he added the Olympic time trial title to his accolades, to become the most decorated British Olympian with seven medals, and was then named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Last year, he clinched his first World Championships road title with a thrilling time-trial victory in Ponferrada, Spain.

That success ensured Wiggins has now won Olympic and world titles on both the track and the road.

While Wiggins has recorded victories in the Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine stage races, he is yet to win one of the one-day classics, which mainly take place in the spring.

Paris-Roubaix is a 250km race that is famed for its cobbled sections of road and finish in an open-air velodrome.

“It’s one of the toughest races in the calendar and my aim is to improve on my ninth-place finish last year,” said the four-time Olympic gold medallist.

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford added: “Rightly he still has big ambitions for the future and everyone at Team Sky will work their hardest to make his final chapter with us a successful one.”

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Tour of Britain: Cavendish edged by Kittel as Van Baarle wins title

Mark Cavendish lost out by inches to Marcel Kittel in a sprint finish on the final stage of the Tour of Britain, as Dylan van Baarle won the overall race.

Van Baarle took the leader’s yellow jersey on Saturday’s seventh stageand retained his lead after Sunday’s time trial, won by Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The Dutch Garmin-Sharp rider then finished safely in the peloton on the final stage to win by 10 seconds.

Michal Kwiatkowski was second overall and defending champion Wiggins third.

The 2012 Tour de France winner was a further 12 seconds back, having moved up from seventh after the time trial, which was the first of Sunday’s two stages in central London.

An early five-man breakaway formed on the final stage – over 10 laps of the 8.8km circuit used earlier for the time trial – but they were caught with 5.5km left as the sprinters’ teams fought for position ahead of a hectic dash for the line.

It pitted Kittel against Cavendish on Whitehall and just as it looked like the Manxman had edged ahead, the German came back to pip him on the line for yet another win on British and Irish soil in 2014.

It means he has won Giro d’Italia stages in Belfast and Dublin, Tour de France stages in Harrogate and London and Tour of Britain stages in Liverpool and London.

“It’s nice to finish the Tour in the centre of London,” said Cavendish.

“Bradley won this morning and I’d like to have won this afternoon.”

Van Baarle was rewarded for his decisive move in Saturday’s stage to record the biggest win of his career.

“I was expecting top 10. It means a lot,” he said. “I will remember this day my whole life.”

Wiggins was happy with his efforts over the week, ahead of the Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, which begin on 21 September.

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Cycling: Bradley Wiggins added to Team Sky’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic squad

Sir Bradley Wiggins will compete on the road for Team Sky in the RideLondon-Surrey classic on Sunday

The former Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins will return to the road after his Commonwealth Games track exploits in the elite Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday.

Wiggins, who won the Tour in 2012, is a late addition to the Team Sky squad having won a silver medal for England in the team pursuit in Glasgow.

“We are delighted to welcome Sir Bradley to Prudential RideLondon this weekend,” said the race director Mick Bennett in a statement. “He completes an already first-class lineup for the event.”

Wiggins will join such riders as Philippe Gilbert, Laurens ten Dam, Mark Renshaw, Alessandro Petacchi and Elia Viviani in the 200km elite race.

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Commonwealth Games : Day 1

Thursday 24 July 2014

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Day in a sentence: The first medals to be won at Glasgow 2014 will come in the triathlon events, held in Strathclyde Country Park.

In action: Bradley Wiggins, Michael Jamieson, Hannah Miley, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee

Gold medals won today: 20. Cycling – track (men’s team pursuit and team sprint, women’s 500m time trial and Para-sport sprint B tandem), gymnastics (rhythmic team event), judo (men’s -60kg and -66kg, women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg), swimming (men’s 400m free, 200m breast and Para-sport 100m S9 free, women’s 200m free, 400m medley and 4x100m free relay), triathlon (men’s and women’s races), weightlifting (women’s 48kg, men’s 56kg).

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