No more 'cut-throat' grand tours, says Wiggins

Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:25pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Bradley Wiggins is turning his back on "cut-throat" road racing and has ruled out competing in any more grand tours, the 2012 Tour de France champion said on Thursday.

Wiggins, who won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, will instead focus on the track where he hopes to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in two years' time.

"I've kind of done the road now. I've bled it dry," the 34-year-old told the BBC. "The road is quite cut-throat. The track feels more like a family and a closer-knit group of people.

"That will probably be it for the grand tours. I can't imagine doing that now."

Wiggins, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, has not raced a grand tour since pulling out of last year's Giro D'Italia.

He was left out of Team Sky for this year's Tour de France in favor of 2013 winner Chris Froome, with whom he has enjoyed a frosty relationship in the past.

Wiggins hinted his time at Sky could be coming to an end.

"I've had my time there and had success with it," said Wiggins."Things move on and it's natural evolution...

"Team Sky has become so competitive now and it's all about winning grand tours.   Continued...

Bradley Wiggins rides second from the front with the England 4000m team pursuit during qualifying at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow, Scotland, July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Winning