Wiggins to launch own team

Multiple Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed he will launching his own team when his current contract ends in April.

The team will be called WIGGINS and is expected to feature several top riders, reportedly Andy Tennant, Jon Dibben, Steven Burke, Daniel Patten and Mike Thompson are all set to join. The team's first goal will be to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Upon revealing the details of the team the former Tour de France champion said: "Our ultimate goal is winning the team pursuit in Rio. It's to facilitate everything we need for the track programme."

In a press release detailing the launch of the team, Wiggins said: "Cycling has given me everything. Now I want to build something to inspire kids and to reach all those people who might be on the fringes of the sport. We've seen cycling grow in popularity over the years and I want WIGGINS to inspire a new generation of cyclists."

British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake was pleased about the announcement of the new team. He said: "Sir Bradley's performances on track and road have helped to inspire a new generation of British cyclists.

"He won his first Olympic medal in Sydney in 2000 and it's impressive to see him still breaking new ground now, 15 years later, as his team 'Wiggins' represents a great opportunity for some of our most promising young riders to develop their skills and abilities on the road to Rio 2016."

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