Bradley Wiggins

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Denis Menchov in the pink but Bradley Wiggins drags his heels - guardian.co.uk
Danilo Di Luca, the overnight leader, was sixth, one place ahead of Britain's Bradley Wiggins, to slip to second overall, with Leipheimer third. The length and undulating terrain of the stage 12 "race of truth" made it one in which the favourites had...
Garmin at the Giro: And then there were five - Cycling Weekly
His Giro was over, and his 2009 Tour is looking shaky With no overall hope and no team time trial victory, attention was now turned to the sprints, with Tyler Farrar, and individual time trials, with Bradley Wiggins. Farrar, 24, was consistent in the...
Wiggins: 'I went too hard at the start' - Cycling Weekly
Bradley Wiggins (Garmin) slumped to the ground after finishing seventh in the Cinque Terre Giro d'Italia time trial, asking for water after 90 minutes of total effort. He had hoped for a place in the top five and perhaps even better....
A slimmed-down Wiggins finds his wings in Giro - VeloNews
By Andrew Hood For a rider who's made a name for himself on the track, Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) has been surprising just about everyone when the road turns uphill in the Giro d'Italia. In the opening two climbing stages in the Dolomites,...
Wiggins loses time in the Giro - Cycling Weekly
Bradley Wiggins finished 12 minutes 34 seconds behind stage winner and Giro d'Italia leader Danilo Di Luca in Pinerolo but as he got changed on the Garmin team bus, rather than disappointed, he was in some way relieved that he no longer had to fight...
Bradley Wiggins: Born to do this - Cycling Weekly
As the Giro d'Italia reached its first rest day, the revelation of the first week has to be Bradley Wiggins. The 29-year-old multiple Olympic champion climbed like never before the Dolomites and sits 27th overall. Wiggins was with the front group until...
Wiggins eyes top 20 finish in Giro d'Italia - Cycling Weekly
There were some incredible performances during Wednesday's short but extremely tough Giro d'Italia stage five to Alpe di Siusi, but Bradley Wiggins' ride was one of the ones that stood out. Wiggins dug deep all the way up the 24.9km climb....
Giro Britannia: A hard, hot slog in Italy - Cycling Weekly
Dan Lloyd (Cervelo) finished in the front gruppetto at 38-14, while Ian Stannard (ISD), Charly Wegelius (Silence), Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo), Ben Swift (Katusha) and Bradley Wiggins (Garmin) all finished in the second gruppetto at 48-14....
Wiggins in top form for Giro - Cycling Weekly
Bradley Wiggins was busy making his team-mates suffer last week in Girona as Garmin-Slipstream put the finishing touches to their team time trial preparations ahead of the Giro d'Italia opening stage in Venice on Saturday. The two days spent focusing...
Wiggins ready to win Giro team time trial - Cycling Weekly
Bradley Wiggins arrived in Venice with a short haircut, a clear sign he is focused, fit and out to do well in the Giro d'Italia, starting with Saturday's opening team time trial. His Garmin team are the big favourites after winning last year and the...

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins in the Prologue of the 2008 Tour Of California

1 Team names given are those prevailing at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Bradley Marc Wiggins, CBE (born 28 April 1980) is a Belgian-born British professional track and road bicycle racer currently riding for Team Garmin-Slipstream. He won three medals on the track at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, and a further two (both gold) at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics.

The son of a professional cyclist, Gary Wiggins, Bradley Wiggins was born in Ghent, Belgium and spent his childhood in London where he lived with his mother Linda and younger brother, Ryan. Following his father, he started cycling early, racing at south London's Herne Hill Velodrome aged 12.

At just 19 years old,Wiggins won a bronze medal as a member of the British team pursuit squad in his first Olympic appearance at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

In 2001 Wiggins signed for the British professional road cycling team, the Linda McCartney Racing Team before it disbanded in early 2001. He joined Française des Jeux in 2002, before moving on to the Crédit Agricole team in 2004.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Wiggins became the first British athlete in 40 years to win three medals at one Olympic Games, the last being Mary Rand at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He won the gold medal in the individual pursuit, the silver in the team pursuit and a bronze in the Madison along with his race partner Rob Hayles. Wiggins was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours for services to sport.

In 2005, Wiggins rode for the French pro team Crédit Agricole, and rode in the 2005 Giro d'Italia. He then moved to the French professional road cycling team Cofidis in 2006, and participated in the 2006 and 2007 Tours de France.

He returned to the track for the Manchester round of the UCI World Cup and the world championships in 2007, winning the individual and team pursuit. He followed on the road by winning the prologue of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.

He raced in the 2007 Tour de France for Cofidis and finished fourth in the prologue in London. He also won the combativity award on Stage 6 for a long solo breakaway (Incidentally, Stage 6 was the day of the 41st Anniversary of the death of British cyclist Tom Simpson); his team were withdrawn after Cristian Moreni failed a doping test .

In 2008 he signed with Team High Road, successor of the T-Mobile Team. That team is now known as Team Columbia due to a mid-year sponsorship change. His main focus of 2008 was the Olympic Gold at the Beijing Olympics. At the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, he won three gold medals: Individual Pursuit, Team Pursuit and Madison.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics he won a gold medal in the 4km Individual Pursuit, defending his title from four years earlier. In doing so he became the first rider ever to successfully defend his pursuit title at the Olympics. On 17 August, he was a key member of the Olympic team pursuit squad which broke the world record in the heats with a time of 3:55:202, beating their Russian opponents comfortably to go through to the final ride-off for silver and gold. The following day, on their way to winning the gold medal, the British Team pursuit broke their own world record in a time of 3:53:314, beating their Danish competitors by 6.7 seconds. Wiggins paired up with Mark Cavendish but finished eighth.

In October 2008 he published his autobiography In Pursuit of Glory and announced that he had signed for the Garmin-Chipotle team for the 2009 season.

He lives in Chorley, Lancashire.

On 14 December 2008 Wiggins came 9th in the BBC Sports Personality Awards with 5,633 votes to complete yet another remarkable year for 'Wiggo'. Wiggins was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

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Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's individual pursuit

The Men's individual pursuit at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on August 16 at the Laoshan Velodrome. The pre-event favorite to win the gold medal was the defending Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain, who managed to retain the title, setting a new Olympic record in the preliminary round.

Eighteen cyclists qualified for this event. Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), the defending Olympic champion, qualified for winning the individual pursuit at the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukraine) qualified at the late 2007 UCI World Cup event in Sydney, winning the individual pursuit there. The qualifier by way of the UCI B World Championship was Alexandr Pliuschin (Moldova). Jenning Huizenga (Netherlands), Taylor Phinney (United States), Phillip Thuaux (Australia), Sergi Escobar Roure (Spain), Alexander Serov (Russia), and David O'Loughlin (Ireland) qualified based on UCI rankings. The rest of the field was formed by berths given to the ten nations that qualified in the team pursuit. This resulted in Great Britain, Australia, Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, and Russia each having two competitors in this event.

The eighteen cyclists were matched into nine two-man heats. The riders start on opposite sides of the track from one another, held in place by a starting gate until the race begins. While the objective is ostensibly to catch the other rider on the track, victory is most commonly determined by the faster time to cover 4,000 meters. The winners of each individual heat did not matter in the preliminaries - it was instead the overall eight fastest times which would advance to the match round.

Per the start list and the results.

In the match round, the top eight riders from the preliminaries were matched together, 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 5, for the semifinals. In the semifinals, the winner of each match advanced to race for a medal; the two fastest raced for gold and silver, while the two slower winners faced each other for the bronze.

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Track cycling

A Track Cycling Race

Track cycling is a bicycle racing sport usually held on specially-built banked tracks or velodromes (but many events are held at older velodromes where the track banking is relatively shallow) using track bicycles.

Track racing is also done on grass tracks marked out on flat sportsfields. Such events are particularly common during the summer in Scotland at Highland Games gatherings, but there are also regular summer events in England.

The bicycles are designed to reduce aerodynamic drag caused by the machine itself and the rider's racing position.

Handlebars on track bikes used for longer events such as the points race are similar to the drop bars found on road bicycles. The riding position is also similar to the road racing position.

In the sprint event the rider's position is more extreme compared with a road rider. The bars are lower and the saddle is higher and more forward. Bars are often narrower with a deeper drop. Steel bars are still used by many sprinters for their higher rigidity and durability.

In timed events such as the pursuit and the kilo, riders often use aerobars or 'triathlon bars' similar to those found on road time trial bicycles, allowing the rider to position the arms closer together in front of the body. This results in a more horizontal back and presents the minimum frontal area to reduce drag. Aerobars can be separate bars that are attached to time trial or bull horn bars, or they can be part of a one-piece monocoque design. Use of aerobars is permitted only in pursuit and time trial events.

Formats of track cycle races are also heavily influenced by aerodynamics. If one rider closely follows, they draft or slipstream another, because the leading rider pushes air around themselves; any rider closely following has to push out less air than the lead rider and thus can travel at the same speed while expending less effort. This fact has led to a variety of racing styles that allow clever riders or teams to exploit this tactical advantage, as well as formats that simply test strength, speed and endurance.

During the early 1990s in individual pursuit events, some riders, most notably Graeme Obree, adopted a straight-armed Superman-like position with their arms fully extended horizontally, but this position was subsequently outlawed by the Union Cycliste Internationale, the sport's ruling body. Recumbent bicycles can actually be ridden faster, but are banned from UCI competition. The International Human Powered Vehicle Association is a separate organisation that runs recumbent races, including the human-powered speed record.

Track cycling is particularly popular in Europe, notably Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom where it is often used as off-season training by road racers (professional six-day 'Madison' events were often entered by two-man teams comprising a leading road racer and a track specialist).

The sport also has significant followings in Japan and Australia. It is part of the Summer Olympic Games, and there are UCI Track World Championships as well as circuits of professional events in many areas.

In the United States, track racing reached a peak of popularity in the 1930s when six-day races were held in Madison Square Garden in New York. The word "Madison" is still used as the name for this type of race in six-day racing.

Track cycling events fit into two broad categories, Sprint races and Endurance races. Riders will fall into one category and not compete in the other. Riders with good all round ability in the junior ranks will decide to focus on one area or another before moving up to the senior ranks.

Sprint races are generally between 3 and 8 laps in length and focus on raw sprinting power over a small number of laps and race tactics to defeat opponents. Sprint riders will train specifically to compete in races of this length and will not compete in longer endurance races. Famous Sprint track riders at present include Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny of Great Britain and Theo Bos of The Netherlands.

Endurance races are held over much longer distances. While these primarily test the riders endurance abilities, the ability to sprint effectively is also required in the Madison, Points Race and Strach Race. The length of these races varies from 12 - 16 laps for the Individual and Team Pursuit races, right up to 200 laps for a full length Madison race in World Championships or Olympic Games.

Held every four years as part of the summer Olympics. There are currently 10 events in the Olympics, less than appear in the World Championship. 7 of these events are for men while only 3 are for women. Competition is held over five days.

As with other Olympic events the winner of each event is Olympic Champion and gold medal winner, while second and third places receive silver and bronze. At the most recent Olympics in China in 2008, Great Britain were the most successful nation in track cycling. They won 7 out of the ten events and also won several silver and bronze medals. Chris Hoy won three gold medals while Bradley Wiggins won two. The next summer Olympics are in London in 2012.

Held every year, usually in March or April at the end of the winter track season. There are currently 17 events in the World Championships, 9 for men and 8 for women. Qualification places are determined by different countries performance during the World Cup Classic series held through the season (see below).

The winner of each event wins the title of world champion and the gold medal. They are presented with the world champions rainbow jersey. This is a white jersey with rainbow stripes across the centre and can be won with pride by the winner whenever they compete in that event over the coming year. Second and third placed riders win the silver and bronze medals. The most recent World Championship were held in Manchester in March 2008, the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. The home nation of Great Britain finished as the most successful nation in these championships. They won 9 of the 17 events and also several silver and bronze medals. Bradley Wiggins took three world titles while Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton won two titles each. The next championships will be held in Poland in March 2009.

The World Cup Classics series consists of 5 events for 2008, previously 4, held in different countries throughout the world during the winter track cycling season. These meeting include all of the 17 events that take place in a World Championship and are usually spread over three days.

Events won and points scored by the riders throughout this series count towards qualification places for their nation in the World Championships at the end of the season. The overall leader in each event wears the points leaders jersey at each race, with the overall winner at the end of the season keeping the jersey and wearing it at the World Championships. Riders compete for their own country or as part of a sponsored trade team at these events. Therefore it is possible for a number of teams from one country to compete at each event.

As World Championship qualification is at stake, the events do attract a top field of riders. However it is common for top riders not to compete at all the events of the series, with teams/countries often using the events to field younger riders or attempt different line ups at some events. Top riders can still win the series, or obtain good a placing for qualification points for their country, without competing at every event.

The first event of the 2008/2009 season took place in Manchester in October/November 2008. The event, on the back of Britain's recent World Championship and Olympic success, was a complete sell out. Great Britain dominated this meeting, winning 14 of the 17 events.

In addition to regular track racing, tracks are also the venue for many cycling records. These are over either a fixed distance or for a fixed period of time. The most famous of these is the hour record, which involves simply riding as far as possible in one hour. The history of the hour record is replete with exploits by some of the greatest names in cycling from both road and track racing (including, among others, Major Taylor, Henri Desgrange, Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Francesco Moser, Miguel Indurain and Tony Rominger). Originally, attempts were made at velodromes with reputations for being fast (such as the Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan). More recently, attempts have moved to high-altitude locations, such as Mexico City, where the thinner air results in lower aerodynamic drag, which more than offsets the added difficulty of breathing. Innovations in equipment and the rider's position on the bike have also led to dramatic improvements in the hour record, but have also been a source of controversy (see Graeme Obree).

Cities that host the Summer Olympic games usually construct a new velodrome for the event. World-class competition quality tracks not yet included in this section are located in Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Sydney and Athens.

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Mark Cavendish

Cavendish in 2007

1 Team names given are those prevailing at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Mark Cavendish (born Douglas, Isle of Man 21 May 1985) is a Manx and British racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Team Columbia-High Road. Originally a track cyclist in the madison, points race, and scratch race, he has also competed on the road since 2006. He is a double Madison World Champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist on the track. As a road cyclist, he has risen to prominence as a sprinter. He achieved eleven wins in his first professional season, equalling the record held by Alessandro Petacchi. In the 2008 Tour de France he won four stages, unprecedented in British cycling, and has since been described as the fastest sprinter in the world. He continued his winning ways in 2009 by taking the prestigious spring classic, Milan-Sanremo. Cavendish started racing informally at 12, as a mountain-bike rider. He lives in Manchester and Tuscany, Italy.

Mark Cavendish originally began his career with the British Track Cycling team. He won gold in the madison at the Los Angeles World Track Championships with Rob Hayles. They had not raced together before. They finished one lap ahead of the field to claim the gold medal, ahead of the Dutch and Belgian teams, giving Britain its fourth gold at the championships. It was Cavendish's first world champion's jersey. Cavendish also won the 2005 European championship points race. He began road racing in 2005, riding the Tour of Berlin and Tour of Britain as a trialist with Team Sparkasse.

Cavendish began 2006 with the Continental team, Team Sparkasse, a feeder squad for T-Mobile Team. In June, he won two stages and the points and sprint competitions in the Tour of Berlin. He rode for the Isle of Man on the track at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, riding the scratch race. He lapped the field with three others: Rob Hayles; Ashley Hutchinson of Australia; and James McCallum of Scotland. He then beat these in the sprint to win gold for the Isle of Man. The race time was 23m 5s, an average 51.9kmh. His success at the Tour of Berlin led to a post as a stagiare with T-Mobile from August until the end of the season. His best result for T-Mobile in 2006 was in the Tour of Britain, where he came second three times and won the points classification. It brought a full professional contract for 2007 and 2008.

Cavendish began 2007 "laboriously", said the daily sports paper, L'Équipe. It quoted one of Cavendish's team-mates, Roger Hammond: "To be honest, he started the season so catastrophically that the staff were wondering what they could enter Mark for so that he could finish the race.". Cavendish's break through came at the Grote Scheldeprijs race in Belgium, which he won after failing to even finish any of his previous races. He went on to win at the Four Days of Dunkirk and the Volta a Catalunya and that brought selection for the 2007 Tour de France, starting in London. He crashed in stages 1 and 2. and abandoned on stage 8 as the race reached the Alps, having taken two top-ten placings but unhappy not to have had a top-five placing.

In 2008 Cavendish returned to the track, winning the Madison World Championships in Manchester with Bradley Wiggins, as Great Britain topped the medal table. He returned to the track for the Olympic Games in Beijing, retiring from the 2008 Tour before stage 15 to prepare for the Olympics in August. He and Team Columbia manager Bob Stapleton agreed that riding the Alps was a risk to his hopes. But Cavendish, with Bradley Wiggins, failed to win a medal, finishing joint eighth in the madison. He was the only British track cyclist not to win a medal.Cavendish was left frustrated and the friends did not speak for months. Following the Olympics, Cavendish remained angry with British Cycling for giving insufficient attention to the madison, though Chris Boardman stated that Cavendish's professional commitments also interfered with his build up to the Olympics. In November 2008, Cavendish revealed that he had no further plans to return to track cycling.

On the road, Cavendish won his first stages of a grand tour, by picking two victories in the 2008 Giro d'Italia. Cavendish won four further stages in the 2008 Tour de France, his first coming in stage 5 from Cholet to Châteauroux. He won again on stage 8, stage 12 and Stage 13, making him the first British rider to collect four stages in a single Tour. Overnight, at the age of just 22, he became the "fourth most successful British professional in history", said The Independent. After Stage 14, Cavendish abandoned the Tour to concentrate on the Beijing Olympics.

The rest of his season was also successful, with a total of eleven further race wins, including three each at the Tour of Ireland which he abandoned on the final day, and the Tour of Missouri, winning his only points classification of the season at the latter. At the Tour de Romandie, Cavendish won the prologue time-trial, beating compatriot Bradley Wiggins and emphasising his short-distance time-trial abilities.

Cavendish's 2009 season began at the Tour of Qatar, where he renewed his rivalry with Tom Boonen. Boonen won the race and one stage, though Cavendish took two stages; he also won two stages at the Tour of California, again beating Boonen in the sprint finishes. The Tour of California also saw Cavendish win his first points of classification of the 2009 season. Cavendish was a surprise inclusion in the British squad for the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. He took up the European season at Tirreno-Adriatico, the Italian one-week stage race, where he won one stage. He then entered his first classic race, Milan-Sanremo, and, after a week of uncharacteristically humble pre-race statements, rode effectively over the climbs that his rivals had said made this race impossible for him to win - and then tracked down Heinrich Haussler in the last 200 meters to narrowly win the sprint and the race, Cavendish's first victory in a race known as one of the "five monuments of cycling".

Outside races, he is seen differently. "In ordinary life, he's a polite guy, a gentleman. He's the kind of guy who doesn't call you to moan in the way that most riders do. He rings to ask how you are or what you're doing," said Brian Holm, his directeur sportif.

What Cavendish has learned on the 'safety' of the track he has produced, entirely naturally, on the road. If the road had been his natural environment, he would never have learned to ride with his head so lowered, defying danger, because a part of his unconscious would have stopped him. A psychological brake would have operated to save him from dangers that the eye often sees too late.

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