Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Another Olympics Possible - Wiggins; ROWING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Another Olympics Possible - Wiggins; ROWING

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FIVE-TIME Olympic champion cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins says he will return to competition at the London velodrome in December - in the British Indoor Rowing Championships with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The 37-year-old won his fifth Olympic gold medal in the men's team pursuit at last August's Rio Games before retiring from cycling in December.

Wiggins, who is friends with former Olympic champion rower James Cracknell, has since enjoyed rowing on an indoor machine for fitness, sharing images of his workouts on social media.

And, despite sources close to Wiggins recently privately playing down his rowing ambitions, the 2012 Tour de France winner has floated the idea of going to a sixth Olympics, aged 40, in a different sport.

Speaking at a corporate event in Manchester on Thursday night, Wiggins reportedly said: "I took up rowing when I retired just to keep fit, but my numbers started getting quite good so I've (taken) it up professionally now and getting coached seven days a week. …

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