Tag: Rio 2016

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.

Read more at BBC Sport

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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Sailing: Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark robbed at knifepoint in Rio

London 2012 silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have been robbed at knifepoint in Rio de Janeiro.

The sailors, in Brazil for a two-week training camp as part of preparations for the Rio 2016 Games, were approached by two men armed with knives as they returned to their hotel from training.

The men pushed the pair and took everything they had.

“We made it back to the hotel slightly shaken but OK,” 470 class sailors Mills and Clark posted on Facebook.

“Our delightful walk back from the sailing club to the hotel turned fairly nasty when two guys wielding 7-inch knives ran at us, pushed us around and grabbed everything we had.

“Along with the things that were actually worth something, the most annoying thing right now is our lycra we were sailing in got taken… unbelievable!”

Earlier this year, Cardiff-born Mills, 26, and 35-year-old Clark, who is originally from Colchester, won bronze at the World Championships in Santander, Spain, to qualify their boat in the 470 class for Rio 2016.

Selection for the boats will be made closer to the time of the Games.

Read more at BBC Sport