42 Facts About Bradley Wiggins

1. Bradley Wiggins is starting Monday's game and has no known restrictions after being initially listed.

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2. Bradley Wiggins has been taking questions from the audience on his tour of the UK "No one wants to grow up being Matt Barbet" the Olympic hero, Tour de France legend and inspiration.

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3. In June 2017 Bradley Wiggins revealed that he had taken up rowing on a serious basis after initially using it as a means to keep fit, with fellow Olympic champion James Cracknell as his coach.

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4. On 5 January 2017 it was announced that Bradley Wiggins would be a contestant on the Channel 4 winter sports reality television programme The Jump.

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5. In March 2014 Bradley Wiggins made an appearance as himself in an episode of BBC Radio 4's soap opera The Archers as part of the Sport Relief charitable appeal.

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6. Bradley Wiggins has written a number of books about his career.

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7. In a period after the 2004 Olympics, Bradley Wiggins started to drink heavily as he struggled to cope with his newfound fame.

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8. Bradley Wiggins speaks fluent French through his participation with French cycling teams and after living in France for a number of years.

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9. Bradley Wiggins served as guest editor of Radio 4's The Today Programme on 29 December 2015: as part of this he interviewed Paul Smith about fashion, Gary Lineker about making the transition from being a sportsman to working in the media, and discussed cycling with Jeremy Corbyn and Steve Hilton.

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10. On 10 May 2015, Bradley Wiggins was interviewed by Kirsty Young as guest "castaway" on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs; his favourite musical piece was Sound and Vision by David Bowie, his book choice was Slaying the Dragon: How to Turn Your Small Steps to Great Feats by Michael Johnson and his luxury item was a family photo album.

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11. In July 2012 it was announced that Bradley Wiggins would collaborate with the Fred Perry clothing label "to develop an authentic, non-technical range of cycle wear".

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12. Bradley Wiggins presented the winner of the Super League's 2012 Man of Steel Award to the Warriors player Sam Tomkins.

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13. Bradley Wiggins has denied that Geert Leinders had any direct involvement in his taking of the TUE drugs.

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14. On 16 August, Bradley Wiggins joined Cavendish on the track for the first time since the 2008 Olympics, winning the Madison in the first round of the Revolution cycling series at the newly opened Derby Velodrome.

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15. Bradley Wiggins returned to Paris–Nice, a race he had won in 2012.

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16. At the Tour of California, Bradley Wiggins won the time trial on stage two by a margin of 40 seconds over second placed Rohan Dennis to move into the overall lead which he would keep for the rest of the race.

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17. Bradley Wiggins had stated that his main targets for 2014 were the Paris–Roubaix one day Classic, the Tour of California and the road world championships, as well as riding the Tour de France in support of defending champion Chris Froome.

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18. Bradley Wiggins entered the Giro d'Italia as one of the favourites for the general classification.

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19. Bradley Wiggins opted not to defend his title at the Paris–Nice, or ride the Tirreno-Adriatico, instead participating in a training camp on Mount Teide in Tenerife.

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20. Bradley Wiggins entered the Guinness World Records, becoming the first cyclist to win an Olympic gold medal and the Tour de France in the same year.

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21. On that stage, Bradley Wiggins helped teammate Cavendish achieve his fourth consecutive victory on the Champs-Elysees and confirmed his own overall victory in the process.

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22. Bradley Wiggins extended his lead on stage 11 after Froome helped him to bridge across to his rivals, who had attacked on the finishing climb to La Toussuire.

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23. Bradley Wiggins began the Tour with second place in the prologue, behind Cancellara of RadioShack–Nissan.

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24. Bradley Wiggins entered the Tour de France as one of the favourites to win it.

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25. On the final three mountain stages, Bradley Wiggins maintained his lead over second-placed Evans to win the race, at that time his biggest victory on the road.

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26. Bradley Wiggins was team leader of Team Sky again at the start of 2011.

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27. Bradley Wiggins finished the Tour in 24th place, 39 minutes and seven seconds down on winner Contador and seven places behind teammate Thomas Lofkvist.

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28. Bradley Wiggins began 2010 as a team leader for the first time and his main target was to win the Tour de France.

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29. Bradley Wiggins had been contracted to ride for Garmin Slipstream again in 2010, but it was announced on 10 December that he was to leave to join Team Sky, having signed a four-year contract with the new British team.

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30. Bradley Wiggins failed to gain time on the descent and finished three minutes and seven seconds down on winner Frank Schleck, dropping to sixth overall.

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31. Bradley Wiggins switched his focus to road and moved with his family to the city of Girona in north-east Spain, where Garmin–Slipstream were based.

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32. In September Bradley Wiggins joined the American team Garmin–Slipstream for the 2009 season.

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33. Bradley Wiggins was due to partner with Hayles in the Madison, but Hayles failed a routine blood test, and was banned for two weeks.

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34. In 2007 March, Bradley Wiggins returned to the track for the track world championships in Palma, Majorca, his first appearance at the championships since 2004.

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35. Bradley Wiggins was brought in to the team pursuit squad for the first round against France, replacing Bryan Steele, and advanced into the final, where the team were beaten by Australia, settling for the silver medal.

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36. Bradley Wiggins signed with Credit Agricole for the 2004 season, advised by Boardman, who rode for them his entire professional road career.

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37. Bradley Wiggins was frustrated with his result in the individual pursuit at the world championships and became disillusioned with his future with Francaise des Jeux.

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38. Bradley Wiggins moved with his mother to her parents' house in Villiers Road, Willesden Green, north-west London, then to a Church Commission flat at Dibdin House estate in neighbouring Maida Vale.

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39. On the road, Bradley Wiggins turned professional in 2001 but made it his focus from 2008.

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40. Bradley Wiggins has been writing about Lance Armstrong and his place in the history of the Tour de France.

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41. Bradley Wiggins says drug cheat Lance Armstrong is the 'perfect winner'.

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42. Bradley Wiggins criticised by UCI chief for praise of drugs cheat Lance Armstrong.

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