By Martyn Herman
GLASGOW (Reuters) – Ben Wiggins has a much to live up to being the son of a British cycling icon but so far the 18-year-old is making a pretty good fist of following his father’s wheel.
The son of Bradley, Britain’s first Tour de France winner and five-time Olympic champion on track and road, is already making progress and will contest this week’s junior road time trial at the UCI World Championships in Scotland.
Wiggins Jnr was also involved in the junior road race last weekend, although it was not his happiest experience, pulling out before the end after getting caught up in a crash, dropping his chain and losing too much ground.
For a rider whose main focus has been as an endurance track rider so far in his career, Friday’s time trial offers him more of an opportunity to challenge for a medal.
Bradley, 43, has been in Glasgow supporting his boy, although Ben says there is not much technical input.
“Nothing really. There’s not much advice he can really give you. If you think about it, it’s 25 years since he rode a junior race himself and the sport has changed so much,” he said.“It’s more just having his presence rather than any advice.”Wiggins races on the road for the Fensham Howes Junior team managed by the father of Ineos Grenadiers rider and Olympic mountain bike champion Tom Pidcock.He has twice finished second in the British junior road time trial championship and won the Trophee Morbihan Juniors stage race […]