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Bradley Wiggins gears up for final olympics

The Rio Olympics 2016 will almost certainly be the final event Bradley Wiggins will appear in at top level.

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As such, Sir Bradley Wiggins will attempt to become Britain's most decorated Olympian in history at the Rio Olympic Games 2016. Wiggins has already won seven Olympic medals including four golds, and he'll bid for an eighth medal when he races in the team pursuit on the track on August 11 and 12.

Following his recent success at the world track championships in London, when he and Mark Cavendish took gold in the Madison, Wiggins said his latest achievement seemed impossible to top.

In the 2012 London Olympics, Wiggins was not part of a track squad, but instead took gold in the road time trial, straight after his Tour de France triumph. He was one of eight British cycling golds in London, with the remaining seven awarded in the Velodrome.

For the past 18 months, Sir Bradley Wiggins has been focussing on shaping up for Rio 2016.
Part of his transformation back to the track from the road has seen Wiggins' weight rocket, highlighting the different physique that is required for the team pursuit, compared to the road. Wiggins' weight is now similar to the 82kg he weighed in Beijing on his last Olympic track appearance in 2008.

Just last week, Bradley Wiggins and his team set an unofficial world record, piling added pressure onto their Rio rivals, when the quartet which included Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Douall eclipsed the time of 3 mintes 51.658 seconds that stood since Team GB won gold at London 2012.

The team were training at the Newport Velodrome where the temperature inside was cranked up to simulate the conditions the riders will face in Brazil to help provide a fast time. The quartet demonstrated they are in perfect condition and ready for Rio completing the 16-lap run in record time.

Wiggins said: “I want to win golds. For me, it’s always about gold medals — and five gold medals sounds a lot better than four.

“They’re the only ones I really ever think of. I don’t really think of the haul or ‘a bronze medal will do.’”
To find out exactly how Wiggins' preparations have gone over the past 12 months, you can tune into a new, one hour documentary entitled, 'Bradley Wigggins: The Road to Rio' on Sky 1 tonight at 9pm.

The documentary provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into Great Britain's men's pursuit team and charts the highs and lows experienced by Wiggins and his team-mates Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull, Jon Dibben and Mark Cavendish.

Newitts would like to wish Bradley Wiggins and the entire cycling team the very best of luck at this year's Rio Olympics 2016.

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