Glasgow: England’s cycling star Bradley Wiggins said he was done with road racing and would never participate in the Tour de France.
Wiggins, who won a Commonwealth Games silver medal Thursday as England were beaten by Australia in the 4000m team pursuit, was quoted by the BBC as saying that road racing is “cut-throat” with “no kind of loyalties”. He had teamed up with Steven Burke, Ed Clancy and Andy Tennant.
The 34-year-old became the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012 but failed to defend his title next year due to an injury. His Team Sky teammate Chris Froome, who was instrumental in Wiggins’ triumph in 2012, won the title in 2013.
Wiggins was left out of the Team Sky team for the 2014 tour with Froome being in top form.
“I’ve kind of done the road now. I’ve bled it dry. The road is quite cut-throat. The track feels more like a family and a closer-knit group of people,” said Wiggins.
“That will probably be it for the Grand Tours. I can’t imagine doing that now.”
“I don’t want to have to miss things on the track because of my commitments on the road. I’ve had my time there and had success with it. Things move on and it’s natural evolution,” said Wiggins.