Ben Wiggins shows off his gold medal from the points race at the junior European Championships in 2022 (Image credit: Sprint Cycling Agency)
Ben Wiggins may feel the pressure of living up to the achievements of his father, Bradley Wiggins , but he’s not playing down his ambitions for his own nascent cycling career. The 17-year-old says he wants to become a world champion on the road and track at junior level in 2023, with dreams of winning the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix as a professional in the longer-term.
Ben Wiggins has largely looked to avoid comparisons with his father, who won the Tour de France in 2012, as he has raced his first full season in the junior ranks this year. However, he was bolder in setting out his cycling dreams as he spoke to the Belgian media at t’Kuipke velodrome where he’s in the ‘future’ field at the Gent Six Day – an event that’s special to his family.
"This was my father’s favourite place to race. His dad raced here as well, so three generations of Wiggins have raced on that track now," Ben Wiggins told Sporza .
"It’s a special place. It’s the Mecca of cycling for hardcore cycling fans. I came here when he won with Cav in 2016. I hear stories all the time, my dad loves this place. It’s hard to put into words. I got goosebumps just walking in. There’s an atmosphere about the place you don’t get anywhere else. It’s special."
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