Wiggins targets records on return

Thu, 17 Feb 14:07:00 2011

Bradley Wiggins believes that the team pursuit record could fall as he rejoins his British team-mates for the World Cup in Manchester.

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"This week it's been going like a dream," said Wiggins of his training sessions. "We are going faster than before Beijing. We're in a bloody good position to do a great time here."

Wiggins last competed on the track at the Beijing Olympics, having dedicated his time to road racing, and achieving a fourth place in the Tour de France in 2009.

"I feel stronger in that it almost seems easy compared to how hard the Tour has been," he added. "Two four-minute rides, not three weeks racing back-to-back."

And the return to the velodrome, fresh from the Tour of Qatar with his Sky team, has left Wiggins with a spring in his step.

"It's like being on holiday. When I was doing the track before it was the be-all and end-all, now the hardest thing is to reaffirm my place. But it's gone better than I expected."

Wiggins, who won the pursuit title in Athens in 2004 and again in Beijing four years later, will not be able to make it three titles in a row, with the event having been removed from the Olympic schedule.

"I would have gone for a hat-trick of individual pursuit titles," Wiggins said. "It would have been a fantastic event if it were still there."

Wiggins is set to form a key part of the team pursuit, however, and says that his team-mates have to eye world records if they are to have any hope of taking gold come London.

"Twelve years ago – before Sydney – we knew anyone getting below 4min would take gold, in Athens it was 3min 55sec. The standard keeps getting higher," he said.

"It's not just about winning any more - but about the time."


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