Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) has said that his focus is very much on the team pursuit at this week’s UCI Track World Championships in London, while his ride with Mark Cavendish in the Madison takes secondary status.
Wiggins and his team pursuit teammates qualified for Thursday’s semi-finals with the fastest time in qualifying, setting up a ride against Italy, who themselves set a new national record.
Later this week, Wiggins will return to the Madison – an event in which he and Cavendish won a world title back in 2008, before missing out on a medal of any colour at that summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing.
However, the pair have not spent any time training for the event, with Cavendish entirely focused on his Omnium events. The pair did ride the Madison at lower-key event in Derby last year but London will see them go up against sterner opposition.
“The Madison is a bit of an afterthought,” Wiggins told the press before the Worlds.
“You get up and do it at the end. You’re expected to know what to do by getting selected for it and we’ll have a bit of a chat beforehand and a game plan. We’ll have a go at it.
“It’s a natural partnership for us both. We’ve both been successful in the past. The Madison is a bit of a fun one at Worlds. There’s nothing riding on it other than you get to be world champion for a year. It is what it is. There’s no importance so there’s nothing to lose. We’ll go out there and try and win another world title.”
Although Cavendish has made the Great Britain endurance team in this year’s World Championships he will not race in the team pursuit semi-final or final, should Great Britain beat Italy. His Omnium events begin on Friday and the Dimension Data rider is hoping to finish on the podium in order to solidify his place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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