Commonwealth Games 2014: Wiggins looks to Rio with confidence
Sir Bradley Wiggins isn't about to hit the panic button after settling for Commonwealth Games silver
Sir Bradley Wiggins isn’t about to hit the panic button after settling for Commonwealth Games silver in Glasgow.
Former Tour de France winner Wiggins is now back on the track and insists the road to Rio looks good – despite being beaten by old rivals Australia in the team pursuit at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
“Obviously you want to win but you can’t be disappointed with silver in these circumstances either,” said Wiggins, who joined forces with Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Andy Tennant.
“We were all on different levels and we need to get the four riders working together and that takes a bit of time.
“It’s not going to be easy, we’ve got our work cut out once again but we’ve been in this position before and we know it can be done.
“We’ve put in two world-class rides after just four weeks together, so we can be confident.
“I don’t want to sound like Roy Hodgson but there were plenty of positives. We’re obviously all disappointed but Rio is the goal for this team and we are only going to get stronger.”
Three-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny also insists he’s not worried by his second place, this time in the team sprint alongside Philip Hindes and Kian Emadi.
Gold medallists New Zealand have been dominant this season but Kenny remains upbeat about progress.
“We were very happy to get into that final, which is a massive step forward,” he insisted.
“We’ve been struggling to put together really technically good rides recently, so it is something to build on as we look towards the World Championships and Olympics.
“Kian Emadi is still really new to the team and it takes time to get yourself together and work really well as a unit. Before London I was riding rubbish for six months and I didn’t panic and I won’t again.
“There is no mad rush, we need to keep working hard and grinding away and hopefully the results will come in, I know that.
“We really have not really shown ourselves well at the last couple of world championships and international events.
“So it was a massive step to produce a ride we could be proud about again. It shows we are still up there with the very best nations in the world.”