Tour de France: Bradley Wiggins looking forward to riding bike 'without all these idiots on motorbikes taking photos of you'
Monday 23 July 2012
Life has changed for Bradley Wiggins, the first British Tour de France
champion, but a love of cycling remains his main motivation.
Wiggins returned home to Chorley last night after 13 days in the yellow jersey and becoming the first British winner to top the Tour podium.
The 32-year-old was planning some respite, riding around the lanes of Lancashire, before refocusing on the Olympic Games.
He said: "It will be nice to ride along with a bit of peace and quiet, enjoying riding the bike without all these idiots on motorbikes taking photos of you.
"I love cycling. I'll always be riding my bike. I come from a cycling family.
"I'll probably be there in 20 years' time marshalling on the corner somewhere for a local 10km (time-trial).
"I'll still be in a cycling club. It's pretty embedded."
For the rest of his days Wiggins will be asked to recall the 99th Tour, the period from June 30 in Liege to July 22 on the Champs-Elysees when he became the first Briton to triumph in the sport's most fabled race.
But Wiggins' appetite for victory remains and he will aim to help Mark Cavendish win the London 2012 Olympic road race on Saturday's opening day before seeking personal success in the Hampton Court time-trial on day five of the Games.
He said: "I'm loving what I'm doing at the moment. I'm in my element on days like this.
"I love that whole process of going out, warming up, getting in the zone, out there flying along the road.
"That's what I love doing. It's how I've ridden all year. I could have switched off after Paris-Nice (in March).
"But you forget about it, move on to the next thing."
A day-by-day approach has served Wiggins, a three-time Olympic champion and six-time medallist, well and he has matured to become a leader of men.
"It's something that comes from within," he added.
"It's probably what makes you a good athlete, that mental strength.
"It's age as well. I couldn't have done it eight, nine years ago.
"As I'm getting older, you want more out of yourself. Turn the screw a bit more."
Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford is always demanding more.
After achieving Team Sky's stated aim of winning the Tour within five years two years ahead of schedule, Brailsford is eager for further success.
Brailsford believes Wiggins can, and will, get better.
Wiggins has been in the British Cycling set-up since the age of 18, when he became the first rider to benefit from the Lottery funding which has helped to create a dynasty.
Brailsford, in his role as British Cycling performance director, as well as at Team Sky, has been key in Wiggins' progression.
"When guys win first gold medals there always tends to be a dip (in performance)," Brailsford said.
"He can still get better. It's down to Bradley's desire and commitment which will be within.
"If he stays intrinsically driven towards doing the Tour there is no reason why not because physically he can do it again.
"It's more about his desire. I will put money on it that he will stay as focused and driven as he is."
Latest in Sport
NFL player Marshawn Lynch answers every question in post-game interview with 'Yeah'
Manchester United named Premier League's loudest fans despite late push by Chelsea according to 'Smart Meter' app
Prince Harry leads the congratulations for Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, calling him 'an absolute legend' as he crossed the finish line
Chelsea vs West Brom: Jose Mourinho turns on ‘Dr Sergio Ramos’ in Spanish spat
Six things we learnt from the Premier League: Same old problems for Arsenal; Chelsea in cruise control; Spurs can take heart from poor start
- 1 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by police in Ohio park
- 3 Naked free runner captured in breathtaking photographs above London's streets
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'
£30000 - £60000 per annum + Excellent: Austen Lloyd: Employment Solicitor - Ke...
Negotiable: Argyll Scott International: Hi All, I'm currently recruiting for t...
Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: HAMPSHIRE MARKET TOWN - A highly attr...
£23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...