Wiggins signs new Team Sky contract

January 05, 2015 11:59:54 UK

Sir Bradley Wiggins has signed a contract extension that will see him ride with Team Sky until the end of April and allow him to race in the Paris-Roubaix.

The new deal will see the 34-year-old compete in the ‘Hell of the North’ one-day showpiece before switching his focus to the track and his bid to secure a place at the Rio 2016 Games.

Wiggins joined the team for its inaugural season in 2010 and created history in 2012 when he became the first British rider to win professional cycling’s most prestigious multi-stage race, the Tour de France.

On signing a contract extension with Team Sky, Wiggins told the official team website: “Everyone knows what this team means to me so I’m really pleased to extend my contract until the end of April 2015.

“I’ve been with Team Sky from the start. I’ve had some amazing experiences during that time and I hope there are a few more to come. Sky’s investment in cycling, and this team in particular, has helped change the cycling landscape in the UK and I’m proud to have played a part in that story.”

He added: “Paris-Roubaix is a special race for me and I’m determined to give it another go in Team Sky colours. It’s one of the toughest races in the calendar and my aim is to improve on my ninth-place finish last year. After that I can focus fully on preparing for the Rio Olympics in 2016.”

Wiggins made his name on the track and collected six world titles and three Olympic gold medals before switching to road cycling and forging a career as a time-trial specialist.

In 2011 he claimed his first victory in a major stage race in the Criterium du Dauphine and also finished third in the Vuelta a Espana. In 2012, Wiggins won the Paris–Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Criterium du Dauphine and became the first British cyclist to win Le Tour and the time trial at the Olympic Games. Last year he also won the Tour of California and clinched his first road world title with a thrilling time trial victory at the World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford added: “We’re delighted that Bradley’s extended his contract with Team Sky into 2015. He’s been with Team Sky since the beginning and during that time he’s been an incredible ambassador for cycling and an inspiration to millions of people around the world.

“Rightly he still has big ambitions for the future and everyone at Team Sky will work their hardest to make his final chapter with us a successful one over the next few months.”

Wiggins’s Team Sky colleague Chris Froome is quoted 3.25 in the 2015 Tour de France outright winner betting and defending maillot jaune holder Vincenzo Nibali is priced 4.00.

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