Ben Wiggins on the Champs Elyszees with his father Bradley in 2012 (JOEL SAGET) The teenage son of British cycling great Bradley Wiggins hopes he can forge a track career independent of his famous father.
Many a competitor has followed a well-known parent into the same sport but without achieving anything like the same success.
But 18-year-old Ben Wiggins, who will compete in the junior men’s time trial of the UCI Cycling World Championships in Scotland on Friday, believes being the son of 2012 Tour de France winner and former Olympic champion Bradley could be both a blessing and a curse.
"I think it’s more difficult to manage when it’s not going so well," Ben Wiggins told reporters on Wednesday.
"Say you’ve had a few bad races or whatever, I don’t know if it’s just in my own head, but you start to think about what people are thinking or saying.
"People are always going to compare me to him but actually if you look at my junior results compared to when he was a junior I’m actually a lot better than he was."
The younger Wiggins won a European track title last year with victory in the junior men’s points race in Portugal and also gained a bronze medal in the team pursuit at the same event.He has enjoyed success on the road as well, most recently with a general classification win at the Trophee Centre Morbihan in France .- ‘Make your own name’ -"It was difficult at the start of last season as […]