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Bradley Wiggins announces end to rowing career that never was

Joe Robinson
21 Sep 2018

No Olympic gold number six for Wiggins as he calls time on 'rowing career'

Sir Bradley Wiggins has ruled out making a comeback to the Olympic Games as part of the Great British rowing team at Tokyo 2020. Talking on his eponymous podcast, the five-time Olympic gold medalist stated that he simply 'has too much other stuff to do' meaning that he would not be able to dedicate the time needed to become an elite-level rower.

When asked by his co-host, Andy Green, whether he was back to the rowing, Wiggins simply replied 'no' before stating that despite continuing to train he has decided 'to not go for the Olympics because I have too much other stuff to do.' 

Wiggins then went on to say that he needed to give himself a break and that it was not possible to train three times a day with his current schedule and for the level he hoped to compete at. 

Having retired from professional cycling in late 2016, the 2012 Tour de France winner began a transition into indoor rowing, musing the idea of potentially competing for Britain on the water at the Olympics in Tokyo.

This saw Wiggins take on a dramatic body transformation as part of the process, most notably his weight, which increased to over 100kg, 30kg more than when he won the Tour.

In 2017, Wiggins competed at the British Indoor Rowing Championships in the elite 2,000m race, finishing 21st. This underwhelming performance was largely due to Wiggins believing the race had false started, causing him to delay his first stroke.

After this, Wiggins often took to social media to showcase his mornings on the water but never returned at a serious competitive level again. With this announcement, it looks to be an end of Wiggins's dream of a sixth Olympic gold.

The 38-year-old's announcement will come as little surprise to the rowing world, who often criticised his approach to the sport.

Some suggested that despite clearly being a world-class athlete, becoming an elite level rower takes years of training and practice, something that Wiggins would never have. 

Regardless, what this announcement does mean is that we can stop talking about Wiggins rowing and go back to talking about cycling.

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