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Bradley Wiggins: It's Just About Being Credible

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Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will be back in action for this year's "AMGEN Tour of California". He talked to Steve and Maria about the race and also if he thinks cycling has changed since the Lance Armstrong scandal.

"I think it has and I think it's changed a hell of a lot. Lance, that was a long time, and obviously it was big news last year but the great thing with cycling is no one person is as big as this sport and the sport has moved on and is in a better place now."

Wiggins and the rest of Team Sky will start the "Tour of California" May 11th. He says it will be an event people of all ages can check out.

"It's the biggest cycle race in America. It's had some great winners in the past, it starts up in Sacramento, finishes in Pasadena...it's free, people can register on-line...it's a great way to experience for one day what we do on closed roads in a safe environment and bring the family along..."

On May 17th, a free "Ride, Roll & Stroll" community event will take place in Pasadena.


Fun facts about Bradley Wiggins (Source: Wikipedia)

Nicknamed "Wiggo", is an English professional road and track racing cyclist who rides for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky. Wiggins began his career on the track, but has made the transition to road cycling and is one of the few cyclists to gain significant elite level success in both forms of professional cycling. Wiggins was born in Ghent, Belgium, before moving to London, where he began track cycling. He has won six gold medals at the track world championships, his first in 2003 and his most recent in 2008; three in the individual pursuit, two in the team pursuit and one in the Madison. He won a gold in the individual pursuit at the 2004 Olympic Games and two golds in the individual and team pursuit at the 2008 Olympic Games.

After the 2008 Olympics, Wiggins took a break from the track to focus on the road. Initially viewed as a time trial specialist and as a rouleur, he showed his ability in stage races when he came fourth in the 2009 Tour de France; he was later promoted to third after Lance Armstrong's results were annulled in 2012. In 2011 he claimed his first victory in a major stage race in the Critérium du Dauphiné, and he also finished third in the Vuelta a España.

In 2012, Wiggins won the Paris–Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and the time trial at the Olympic Games. Following his success in 2012, Wiggins was the subject of several honours and awards; the Vélo d'Or award for best rider of the year, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and awarded a knighthood as part of the 2013 New Year Honours. Wiggins stated that he felt "a little bit inferior" to others receiving knighthoods saying "I’ve won a bike race, you know, and I feel a little bit inferior to everyone", saying "I was just talking to some of the other people getting stuff, and asking them what they’ve been honoured for, and they’re historic things, ground-breaking sciences or whatever"

Check out Bradley Wiggins / Team Sky Official Website.
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