Wiggins to enjoy the moment
Bradley Wiggins has been told to treat the upcoming Tour of Britain as a celebration of his glorious season.
Last Updated: 07/09/12 6:41pm
Tour de France winner and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins has been told to treat the upcoming Tour of Britain as a celebration of his glorious season.
The 32-year-old became the first British winner of the Tour's fabled yellow jersey on July 22 and shortly afterwards claimed his fourth Olympic gold medal at Hampton Court.
Wiggins has won the last three stage races he has entered but Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton says victory is not the major aim on home soil.
Instead the eight-day Tour around Britain, which begins in Ipswich on Sunday and finishes in Guildford a week later, will be a chance for Wiggins to savour his success.
"I hope he goes out there and enjoys the moment. I think it's been tough for him to sit down and enjoy the enormity of his success," Sutton said.
"The Tour of Britain is a really good place to soak it up and enjoy what he's achieved.
"It's not about Brad going out and winning the Tour of Britain. It's about Brad going out and showing himself to the people there to see the Tour de France winner.
"Brad wants to go out, show himself to the public and pay tribute to the millions of fans that have supported him on the journey."
Wiggins has been named in Team Sky's six-man squad alongside fellow Brits Jeremy Hunt, Luke Rowe and Mark Cavendish, with Bernhard Eisel and Christian Knees completing the line-up.
Speculation is growing that Cavendish could leave Team Sky just one season into his three-year deal but Sutton refused to be drawn on the world champion's future.
Sutton said: "That's just speculation at this moment in time. All I know is Mark is a Sky rider, he's under contract with Sky.
"He's performing well, he got a win in Denmark. We've got the fastest guy in the world on the squad at this moment in time and who knows what's going to happen in the future?"
Cavendish is set to line-up at the World Championships later this month in Holland on an undulating course which will likely scupper his hopes of a successful defence.
Sutton said: "He's going to go to the line with the jersey on (in a metaphorical sense) and never say never in sport, but on that circuit it looks a big ask for Mark.
"Mark's not world champion for any other reason than his greatness. I think he'll go there and perform reasonably well."