Sir Bradley Wiggins

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Sir Bradley Wiggins

Revised: August 2016

Disciplines
Time Trial, Road Race and Team Pursuit
Current Team
Team Wiggins
DOB
28/04/1980
From
London
Based
Lancashire

Bradley's Profile

Biography

Born in Ghent, Belgium, Wiggins moved to Kilburn, London, when he was two and was attracted to cycling by the success of Chris Boardman at the 1992 Olympic Games.

His talent was obvious early, as was an invitation to train at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre, and Wiggins won the individual pursuit at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in 1998 and his first senior medal, a team pursuit silver, in the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Wiggins enjoyed a huge breakthrough at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, winning bronze in the team pursuit and finishing fourth in the Madison with Rob Hayles.

Later in 2000, Wiggins also won silver in the team pursuit at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, a medal he would repeat a year later, as he also started to make his mark in the world of road racing, winning the overall at the Cinturon a Mallorca and Fleche du Sud before signing for Francaise des Jeux for 2002.

The track still remained important, however, and Wiggins won silvers in the individual and team pursuit at the Manchester Commonwealth Games and bronze in the team event at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

May 2003 saw Wiggins ride his first Grand Tour in the Giro d’Italia, although the track brought him his biggest success that year, his first senior world title as he won the individual pursuit at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, adding a silver in the team event.

With Credit Agricole for 2004, Wiggins became the first British athlete in 40 years to win three medals in one Olympic Games in Athens - gold, and an Olympic record, in the individual pursuit, silver in the team pursuit and bronze in the Madison with Hayles.

Tour de France debut

The next three years, with the Credit Agricole and Cofidis teams, centred largely on road racing, with a Tour de France debut in 2006, although in March 2007, Wiggins returned to the track for a double gold in the individual and team pursuit at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, a taste of what was to come at the Beijing Olympics.

At the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Wiggins defended his individual pursuit title, won gold in the team pursuit, setting a new world record in the process, and claimed a third rainbow jersey in the Madison, with Mark Cavendish.

The story was largely repeated at the Olympics where Wiggins became the first rider to defend the individual pursuit title then twice broke the world record in winning gold in the team pursuit.

The summer of 2009, with his new team Garmin-Slipstream, saw Wiggins build his campaign around the Tour de France, a tactic that paid dividends as his new-found climbing talents helped him finish third overall. A successful season ended with victory at the Herald Sun Tour in Australia and Wiggins signing a contract with the new Team Sky for 2010.

Warming up for the 2010 Tour, Wiggins won his first Grand Tour stage, the opening time trial of the Giro d’Italia which earned him the pink leader’s jersey, although his Tour de France bid ended in a 23rd-place finish.

Wiggins’ form in 2011 promised much more and brought him his biggest road win to date, the overall victory at the Criterium du Dauphine although a crash on stage seven of the Tour de France forced him to abandon with a broken collarbone. 

Instead, Wiggins focused on the Vuelta a Espana, which he finished on the podium in third place overall and the UCI Road World Championships in which he won silver in the time trial and helped Cavendish win the road race for Great Britain.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

Results

2016

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, London (UK)
Gold, Madison
Silver, Team pursuit

Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Gold, Team pursuit

2015

UCI Hour Record, London (UK)
54.526 kilometers

UEC European Track Championships, Grenchen (Switzerland)
Gold, team pursuit

2014

UCI Road World Championships, Ponferrada (Spain)
Gold, time trial

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK)
Silver, team pursuit

Tour of California
1st, general classification

2013

UCI World Road Championships, Florence (Italy)
Silver, time trial

Tour of Britain
1st, general classification

2012

Olympic Games, London (UK)
Gold, time trial

Tour de France
1st, general classification

Criterium du Dauphine
1st, general classification

Paris - Nice
1st, general classification

Tour de Romandie
1st, general classification

2011

UCI Road World Championships, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Silver, time trial

Vuelta a Espana
3rd, general classification

Criterium du Dauphine
1st, general classification

Paris – Nice
3rd, general classification

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Gold, Team pursuit

2009

Herald Sun Tour
1st, general classification

Tour de France
4th, general classification

2008

Olympic Games, Beijing (China)
Gold, Individual pursuit
Gold, Team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Manchester (UK)
Gold, Individual pursuit
Gold, Team pursuit
Gold, Madison

2007

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Palma (Majorca)
Gold, Individual pursuit
Gold, Team pursuit

2004

Olympic Games, Athens Greece
Gold, Individual pursuit
Silver, Team pursuit
Bronze, Madison

2003

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Stuttgart
Gold, Individual Pursuit
Silver, Team Pursuit

2002

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Copenhagen
Bronze, Team pursuit

Commonwealth Games, Manchester (UK)
Silver, Individual pursuit
Silver, Team pursuit

2001

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Antwerp (Belgium)
Bronze, team pursuit

2000

Olympic Games, Sydney (Australia)
Bronze, team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Manchester (UK)
Bronze, team pursuit

1998

Commonwealth Games, Kuala Lumpa (Malaysia)
Silver, team pursuit

1997

UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships
Gold, individual pursuit

GREAT BRITAIN CYCLING TEAM KIT

Great Britain Cycling Team kit