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SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS

Can you put into words how it feels to have won your fifth Olympic Games Gold medal?

It's difficult really. There's an overwhelming sense of relief with the amount of pressure we were under and everything that was at stake. But really I'm just incredibly proud of the guys, I always had great belief in what we were doing and in my teammates. Steven Burke and Ed Clancy are two of the greatest pursuit riders of all time and Owain has great speed but is totally unfazed by these huge occasions. We knew it would take a World Record to win it, so to put the work in, all that graft and execute like that makes me incredibly proud of everyone involved and so grateful for all the support from our families.

Where does your Rio triumph stand in terms of your career achievements?

I don't like to rank my achievements really. Whether it be the Hour Record, the Tour de France, World Championships on the road or track and each Gold medal - or even the Olympic silver and bronzes; they all mean an awful lot and represent an important milestone in my career, and life even. I think being a part of the growth in cycling alongside the likes of Chris Hoy, Dave B, Victoria Pendleton and Laura Trott, and the impact we've made on the sport is almost the greater achievement. The sport is unrecognisable now to what it was when I was a kid and I'm really proud to have been a part of it and looking forward to kicking on with it now.

Now that the Olympic Games are out of the way what is your race schedule like for the remainder of the season?

I've got a great autumn lined up. Back on the road with the Wiggins boys for the Tour of Britain will be special. I'm looking forward to getting out there with the fans and back in the camper with the guys who have carried the team so well this season whilst we've been on the track. Then I'll be racing at London 6 Day with Cav as World Champions which will be great, there's a big line up so hopefully we'll put on a good show. Then I'll finish the season at the Ghent 6 Day which means a lot as I was born there and the Ghent 6 was one of the first professional races so its like coming full circle in this Olympic year.

The Tour of Britain is on the horizon, what will your role be in the race?

I'll be there to support the likes of Scott Davies and Alex Knox and just enjoy being out there with the lads and the fans. We had a great outing last year where everything really came together with Owain placing third overall and taking the points jersey. It's always hard work the Tour of Britain, but the fans come out in huge numbers and it's a great stage for our young riders to go toe to toe with the big boys.

And beyond the 2016, having won everything in the sport, what are your ambitions moving forward?

I'll always ride my bike. That'll never change, I may not be racing at the same level, there'll be no more Olympic Games or World Championships, but I'll always be on my bike. I'm looking forward to getting stuck into all these things I've had to put on the back burners as I've been preparing for Rio. I'll be spending more time day to day with the Wiggins team where we're looking to create this amazing platform for young riders to kick on. All the success has been based around the young lads so far and we're going to continue driving that whilst still doing looking to do things our way with our partners. Then from a grass roots level I've got my kids bikes with Halfords, which are going great. It's about inspiring fans and inspiring the next generation, I want to go and find the next Bradley Wiggins, this sport has given me everything and I'd love to create that opportunity for other kids wherever they come from.


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Sir Bradley Wiggins Steven Burke Mark Christian Scott Davies Jon Dibben Owain Doull Kian Emadi-Coffin Luc Hall Sam Harrison Phillip Hindes Liam Holohan Jake Kelly James Knox Chris Latham Sam Lowe Michael O'Laoughlin Daniel Patten Dan Pearson Andy Tennant Mike Thompson
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Fresh off the back of Olympic glory, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull will return to home roads in September to lead WIGGINS at the 2016 Tour Of Britain.

The duo, along with fellow WIGGINS rider Steven Burke, stormed to the Gold medal in the Team Pursuit in Rio de Janeiro and will have the chance to bask in the adulation of the British public at the eight-stage race, which runs from September 4-11.

The UK's premier stage race holds special memories for both riders, with Wiggins having won the race in 2013 and Doull having taken victory in the points classification and third overall last year.

The 23-year-old Welshman, then 22, finished no lower than 11th across all eight stages, rubbing shoulders with some of the world's finest sprinters while also showing the versatility to be up there on the Hartside Fell summit finish to claim his place on the final podium. In a way, the team has Doull to thank for their place in this year's edition since his performance secured automatic qualification, while the other British Continental teams forced to battle it out for three spots over the course of the domestic calendar.

Wiggins himself is one of the nation's most adored athletes and this will be the fourth straight year in which he'll line up at the Tour Of Britain having collected a Gold medal the previous month.

The Tour Of Britain is one of the biggest and most important races of the entire season for WIGGINS - a chance to showcase our array of young British talent and test ourselves against some of the world's best riders.

Indeed, 10 World Tour teams will be joining us on the start line, and there will no doubt be a world-class field of sprinters with plenty of fast finishes on offer again this year and a flat UCI World Championships Road Race just around the corner in Qatar in October.

Aside from the bunch kicks, the now-customary summit finish and so-called ‘queen stage' comes on day 6, with Haytor in Dartmoor playing host to the key showdown in the general classification battle. It's the same hill that was used in 2013, where Wiggins finished seventh en route to the overall title.

That victory was built upon a storming time trial performance in Knowsley, and there's another race against the clock again this year, with the first part of a split stage in Bristol on day seven. Whereas the Knowsley course was largely flat, the Bristol course will be a much tougher challenge, with a steep climb leading up to the finish line on the Downs - the same finale that saw Michal Kwiatkowski take victory in 2014.

Those two days will be crucial in terms of the fight for the yellow jersey, with the race culminating the following day with a sprint on the streets of London.

Stage 1: Glasgow to Castle Douglas - 168km

The race kicks off in the Scottish city of Glasgow, revisiting a formula used in 2005 and 2006, with Castle Douglas once again hosting the finish. Nick Nuyens and Martin Pedersen won from breakaway moves on those occasions - both going on to win the race overall - though the lack of testing hills on this year's parcours should see the race open with a traditional bunch sprint.

Stage 2: Carlisle to Kendal - 195km

The race heads into the Lake District, and the roads will be familiar to WIGGINS, with a variation on the route between these two towns having been used in 2013. There's no Honister Pass this year but the Whinlatter Pass is on the menu, while a climb in Ambleside known as ‘The Struggle' could provide a late launchpad for attacks ahead of the steep uphill kick to the line at Beast Banks.

Stage 3: Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford - 182km

There could be a battle between breakaway hopefuls and the sprinters' teams on this finely balanced parcours in Cheshire East. Riders will pass through the finish line in Tatton Park before dipping into the Peak District to take on the long and draining Cat and Fiddle climb before looping back round to the finish.

Stage 4: Denbigh to Builth Wells - 217km

We should see another bunch sprint at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, but this will be anything but a straightforward day in the saddle. At 217km, this is the longest stage of the race and approaching the distance of some of the big one-day Classics, while the undulating southerly roads should ensure many riders' legs will be well and truly sapped come the finish.

Stage 5: Aberdare to Bath - 205km

The race stays in Wales for the start of stage 6 and it's another 200km+ day that could well end in a sprint. The route heads through the Forest of Dean and around the Severn estuary before a fast and technical finale in the centre of Bath.

Stage 6: Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor - 150km

The queen stage features the only summit finish of the race and should be the most decisive day for the general classification contenders. Haytor, just under six kilometres long and just under six per cent in average gradient, was used in the 2013 edition, and Wiggins will be able to hand down some advice to the rest of the team after he pretty much sewed up overall victory there with seventh.

Stage 7a: Bristol Stage Individual Time Trial - 15km

The seventh day of racing brings the novelty of a split stage, with a hilly Bristol circuit playing host to a time trial in the morning and a circuit race in the afternoon. The 15km time trial starts out on the Bristol Downs, passing over the Clifton Suspension Bridge before a sharp descent down towards the Harbourside. What goes down must come back up, and Bridge Valley Road will be where considerable differences are made as riders go from river level back up to the Downs.

Stage 7b: Bristol Stage Circuit Race - 76.5km
Pretty much the exact same loop will be used for the afternoon stage, which will take place across five laps and will no doubt be a difficult one for anyone to control. Michal Kwiatkowski won on this finish in 2014.

Stage 8: London Stage presented by TfL - 100km

The now-traditional London stage brings the curtain down on the Tour Of Britain, with this 100km criterium giving a final opportunity to the sprinters. The stage takes place over 16 laps of the same 6.2km city-centre circuit - passing sights such as Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus - that was used last year when Elia Viviani triumphed after André Greipel was relegated for an illegal sprint.


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SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS

DOB: 28th April 1980
Age: 36
Nationality: British
Last Race: AMGEN Tour of California


Bradley Wiggins is the driving force behind the team that bears his name. After several years focus on the road, which yielded a Tour de France victory and Olympic time trial Gold, his eyes were firmly set on victory on the track at the 2016 Olympic Games. Success in the team's colours came quickly when he broke the Hour Record just a few months later. His dream of a winning return to the boards came true when he won Gold in the team pursuit in Rio.

Wiggins' cycling career began on the track, and he marked himself out as a future star with silver in the individual pursuit at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He has since become Britain's most decorated Olympian with eight Olympic medals, five of which are Gold.


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STEVEN BURKE

DOB: 4th March 1988
Age: 26
Nationality: British
Last Race: Trofeo Playa de Palma


Steven hails from Burnley in Lancashire and has been winning track medals at an international level for over a decade. He has two Olympic Gold medals to his name from London 2012 and Rio 2016, courtesy of the team pursuit. He also claimed a bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the Beijing Games in 2008.

Into his second season with WIGGINS, Steven was one of several riders on the squad to benefit from the set up in preparation for the Rio Games. The team pursuit specialist was honored with an MBE in 2013. He has six medals at World Championship level to his name.


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MARK CHRISTIAN

DOB: 20th November 1990
Age: 25
Nationality: English
Last Race: Antwerpse Havenpijl


The versatile Manxman has notched up solid results on both the road and track. The 25-year-old's career began on the boards and he has picked up multiple medals representing Great Britain at UCI World Cups all over the world, including two Golds in the team pursuit and the madison at the London meet in 2014, while he was also part of GB Olympic Podium Programme. He was also the bronze medallist in the points race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

This year, his second year on Team WIGGINS, Christian has started to shine on the road and has picked up top 10s on GC at the Tour of Slovakia and Tour Alsace.


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SCOTT DAVIES

DOB: 5th August 1995
Age: 21
Nationality: English
Last Race: Tour de I'Avenir


A powerful time trialist and promising stage racer, Davies became the first rider to win three U23 National TT championships in a row earlier this year. In 2013, he joined British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme and capped a strong season with seventh in the world junior time trial championships.

The 21-year-old joined Team WIGGINS at the start of 2016 and has had an excellent year on the road. He won a mountain stage of the hard-fought Ronde de l'Isard and finished ninth overall. He also finished second on GC at the prestigious Tour Alsace.


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JON DIBBEN

DOB: 12th February 1994
Age: 22
Nationality: British
Last Race: Tour de I'Avenir


Jon is a promising talent on both the boards and the tarmac. He made his name with a stellar 2012 season that saw him claim silver in the omnium at the Junior World Championships, and finish third in the Paris-Roubaix juniors.

He joined the WIGGINS team in its debut season and became European Championship in the team pursuit later in the year. 2016 has proved to be the breakthrough season for the young rider from Southampton with Gold in the points race and silver in a team pursuit at the World Championships in London. He followed that up with second place at the under 23 Tour of Flanders.


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OWAIN DOULL

DOB: 2nd May 1993
Age: 23
Nationality: British
Last Race: AMGEN Tour of California


Owain Doull has proved himself one of the up and coming stars of British cycling with his performances in the past two seasons. Owain stepped up to the British Cycling Academy in 2013 at the age of 19 and immediately began putting in strong performances at the track World Cup.

The subsequent season saw him become under-23 British national champion and finish second in the national time trial championships. His third place overall at the Tour of Britain later in 2015 was further indication of his potential on the road but with the Rio Olympic Games fast approaching, the road would have to take a backseat. Owain was selected as part of the team pursuit squad that took Gold in Rio de Janeiro.


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LUC HALL

DOB: 26th March 1995
Age: 21
Nationality: British
Last Race: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Beloften / Circuit Hiet Nieuwsblad Espoirs


Now 21, Luc is into his second season with WIGGINS having made his racing debut with the team at last year's Abu Dhabi Tour. The Chester cyclist was the national 20km scratch race junior champion in 2013 and an elite team pursuit bronze medallist in 2012. The road has since become Luc's main objective, riding both the espoir editions of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Paris-Roubaix in 2016, as he combines European racing with local Pearl Izumi Tour Series events. He has shown potential against the clock but Hall is yet to establish his specialty on the road.


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SAM HARRISON

DOB: 24th June 1992
Age: 24
Nationality: British
Last Race: Grote Prijs Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven


Sam Harrison joined WIGGINS for the 2016 season after two years at NFTO. He has a fine pedigree on the track, and made a sparkling debut at elite level when he won the omnium in the Beijing World Cup in 2011 at the tender age of 18.

The Welshman went on to claim a bronze medal in the team pursuit at the 2011 World Track Championships in Apeldoorn and followed up with a silver medal in the same event two years later in Minsk.

Twice a national champion in the under-23 time trial, Sam represented Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and has enjoyed an assured debut season with WIGGINS.


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PHILIP HINDES

DOB: 22nd September 1992
Age: 23
Nationality: British
Last Race: 2016 Rio Olympic Games - Track


German-born 22-year-old, Philip, may be on the books of WIGGINS, but don't expect to see him pinning on a race number for anything outside of the velodrome. A two-time Olympic Gold medallist in the team sprint, Philip has established himself as one the premier men in the event. While he is capable of punching out just under two-and-a-half thousand watts on a track bike, Philip is almost exclusively a track rider who only gets on his road bike while training in Valencia or to go to the cafe. Off the bike, Philip has become a keen ‘vlogger' with the Rio Games a central theme of his videos.


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JAKE KELLY

DOB: 17th January 1995
Age: 21
Nationality: British
Last Race: Grote Prijs Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven


Jake is the latest success story from the Isle of Man cycling scene and turned professional with WIGGINS in 2016 after spells on the Great Britain Academy squad and supported by the Dave Rayner Fund. He has mixed his racing with WIGGINS with spells riding for the Great Britain national squad. He finished 13th in the under 23 edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April, going on the attack after just 10km and only being caught by an attacking group with eight kilometres to go.

He has already ridden the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali and the Tour of California with WIGGINS and finished fourth in the Rutland - Melton International Cicle Classic. At only 21, bigger and better things are surely still to come for the Manxman.


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JAMES KNOX

DOB: 4th November 1995
Age: 20
Nationality: British
Last Race: Tour de I'Avenir


A talented climber, James was on the verge of winning the KOM jersey at the U23 Carpathian Couriers Race in May, only for disaster to strike with thieves taking off with the WIGGINS team bikes, forcing the riders to abandon. The 20-year-old took it in his stride, making a mark on his next two races with fourth at Ronde de l'Isard, and sixth at Course de la Paix. While his teammates have swapped between track and road, the non-nonsense Knox has enjoyed racing across Europe, making a name for himself as an up and coming general classification rider who shines on the climbs.


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CHRIS LATHAM

DOB: 6th February 1994
Age: 22
Nationality: British
Last Race: Grote Prijs Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven


Chris Latham was drafted into the Olympic academy programme in late 2012 after an impressive junior career and his progress on track and road has continued apace since joining WIGGINS on its inception in 2015.

Chris was part of the Great Britain quartet that won the team pursuit at the under-23 European Track championships in 2015 and he went on to claim the bronze medal in the elimination race at elite level later in the year.

Silver in the omnium at the Track World Cup at the end of the year showcased his versatility, and Chris has enjoyed success on the road too, placing a fine third in the Grand Prix Pino Cerami in 2016. And all at the age of 22.


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SAM LOWE

DOB: 20th February 1994
Age: 22
Nationality: British
Last Race: Druivenkoers - Overijse


Sam returned from racing in France in 2015 and joined WIGGINS this year after finishing second to Owain Doull in last year's under 23 British national championships.

The Welshman is still only 22 but has several years of international racing experience –including for Great Britain, and won national titles and other races in the lower ranks. He impressed by finishing 21st in the RideLondon race in the summer, sprinting on the Mall as part of a select group of riders that emerged in the finale. Lowe is coached by Adrian Timmis who knows all about racing at the highest level after completing the 1987 with the legendary ANC team.


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MICHAEL O'LOUGHLIN

DOB: 14th February 1997
Age: 19
Nationality: Irish
Last Race: Grote Prijs Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven


Michael O'Loughlin hails from Carrick-on-Suit like cycling legend Sean Kelly and successful sprinter Sam Bennett. He joined Team Wiggins directly from the juniors ranks after winning the Irish national road race and time trials titles in 2015.

O'Loughlin raced for Nicolas Roche's Performance Team Magnet.ie in 2015 after finishing eighth in the junior world time trial championships in 2014. He won a stage and finished second overall at the Trophée Centre Morbihan in Brittany. In 2016 he quickly found his feet in the professional ranks despite his young age and finished third in the senior national road championships this year, behind Nicolas Roche and Matt Brammeier.

O'Loughlin combined his racing with his college exams in the spring but has since stepped up his programme and developing rapidly.


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DAN PEARSON

DOB: 26th February 1994
Age: 22
Nationality: British
Last Race: Grote Prijs Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven


22-year-old Dan is another talented Welshman on the WIGGINS roster, joining late last year from Italian development team Zalf. With assistance from the Dave Rayner Fund, Dan sought to establish his own path to the professional peloton following a lack of British interest in his potential. However, WIGGINS were quick to sign him up after his Italian exploits. He made his debut with the team at the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour and hasn't looked back since.


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ANDY TENNANT

DOB: 3rd September 1987
Age: 28
Nationality: British
Last Race: Ride London Classic


A multiple world and European medallist, Andy is one of the most experienced members of the Team WIGGINS squad. During his lengthy career, Tennant has ridden for many of Britain's top domestic teams.

Andy's path towards professional racing began when he was selected for the British Olympic Development Programme back in 2005 after becoming junior world champion in the individual pursuit. His first major success at elite level was silver in the team pursuit at the 2010 World Championships in 2010. In 2012, he would finally get the honour of winning the rainbow stripes in the same event. This season, Tennant won the bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the World Championships in London.


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MIKE THOMPSON

DOB: 8th February 1995
Age: 21
Nationality: British
Last Race: Grote Prijs Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven


Michael is one of Britain's most promising young mountain bikers. Named as part of the Olympic Academy Programme in 2014, he joined Team WIGGINS in its first season specifically to use the road to sharpen his form for cross country racing. He is now an integral part of the road squad in big international races such as the Tour of California, Abu Dhabi Tour and the British races such as Tour de Yorkshire and Tour of Britain.

Hailing from Moorsholm, near Whitby, the 21-year-old is a former junior national mountain bike champion and took bronze in the U23 category in 2015.


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DANIEL PATTEN

DOB: 11th July 1986
Age: 30
Nationality: British
Last Race: 91st Schaal Sels (1.1)


An experienced rider on a young roster, 30-year-old Daniel Patten is a full-time member of the team with the road his sole focus. Patten, who has a reported aV02 max of 83.8, spent time racing at the Continental level with Swedish, Philippine and American teams before signing with WIGGINS last year. Perseverance paid off for Patten who studied a Sport Science and Management degree while continuing to race with the hope of an opportunity such as WIGGINS materialising. Taking nothing for granted since, Patten has ridden the biggest races so far on WIGGINS’ racing calendar, Tour of California, Tour De Yorkshire, Abu Dhabi Tour and the Dubai Tour, to cement himself as a key rider in the squad.


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LIAM HOLOHAN

DOB: 22nd February 1988
Age: 28
Nationality: British
Last Race: Tour Alsace (2.2)


Yorkshireman Liam Holohan spent time at the Continental level in the UK with Rapha-Condor, Raleigh-GAC, and Madison Genesis before joining WIGGINS this season. The 28-year-old is another of the experienced riders on the roster who has made the most of his opportunities to enjoy a more European racing roster than in previous seasons. Ninth at the Tour de Slovaquie and second place at the Beaumont Trophy are Holohan's standout results so far in 2016. With his characteristics best suited to when the roads point skywards, Holohan is capable of riding for himself and has enjoyed the freedom to chase his personal ambitions with WIGGINS. When called upon, Holohan is also capable of riding in support of his younger teammates.


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KIAN EMADI-COFFIN

DOB: 29th July 1992
Age: 24
Nationality: British
Last Race: 50th Circuito del Porto


A late addition to the WIGGINS roster in 2016, Kian Emadi tried track, road and cyclo-cross before settling on the track. A silver medal from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the team sprint justified his decision having also claimed several national titles. A back injury later that year saw the 24-year-old switch to endurance and with that move came increased road miles and his first road contract. For Emadi, WIGGINS provides a familiar environment for his transition from track sprinter to road sprinter with several of his teammates also combining track and road commitments. This May, Emadi rode his first road race in seven years at the Circuito del Porto-Trofeo Arvedi with his next outing sure to sooner rather than later.


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