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Bradley Wiggins wants to ride one more Tour de France, then switch to track cycling for 2016 Olympics

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Bradley Wiggins, the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and a seven-time Olympic medal winner, wants his fifth Olympics to be in track cycling.

Wiggins, 33, told The Times his plan is to compete in road cycling one more season before switching back to the velodrome, where he won the first six of his British record-tying seven Olympic medals.

“Having lost weight and muscle the last few years I wouldn’t be able to walk back into that team pursuit squad, so I’m not taking anything for granted, but I am working towards that,” said Wiggins, who won team pursuit bronze in 2000, silver in 2004 and gold in 2008. “It would be nice to finish the career with another Olympic gold.”

Wiggins, who didn’t defend his Tour de France title this year because of injury, said he wouldn’t mind helping Team Sky teammate Chris Froome to another Tour de France title next year rather than going for a second title himself.

“I don’t mind admitting that Chris is probably a better Grand Tour rider than me,” Wiggins told The Times. “He is a much better climber, he can time-trial well. He has age on his side, he has no kids, that’s fine. If Chris wants to, he could potentially win five Tours now. So if I want to win another Tour, I’d probably have to leave the team.”

Wiggins won the British Sports Personality of the Year award for his remarkable 2012, which also included ringing a giant bell at the Olympic opening ceremony and winning the Olympic time trial on the road. It was his first Olympics competing on the road rather than the track.

Froome’s fiancee reportedly said Wiggins has yet to congratulate Froome on his Tour win this July.

“For a start, this is a pathetic excuse — and it’s not an excuse — but I don’t have his phone number,” Wiggins told The Times. “The second thing is, a lot of stuff happened with me and him and his girlfriend and it was left in a very bad way and rather than me send him some naff (worthless) little text message, I would rather wait till I see him, genuinely put my hand out and say ‘you know what, that was a good ride’.”

Wiggins said he will ride to support Froome at the World Championships in Florence, Italy, in late September.

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Laurie Hernandez eyes return to competition in 2018

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NEW YORK – Laurie Hernandez hardly considers her 14 months away from competitive gymnastics a break.

Since earning Olympic team gold and balance beam silver in Rio, the 17-year-old won “Dancing with the Stars,” authored a book and even enrolled in ballet lessons.

But her most rewarding experience has been speaking at schools. Students have asked her seemingly every question, from when she started taking gymnastics classes (age 5) to whether she climbed trees when she was younger (yes, all the time).

Seeing how many children were inspired by her Rio performance motivated Hernandez as she prepares to return to the sport.

“I didn’t realize at the Olympics how many people were truly watching,” Hernandez said Wednesday night at the annual Women’s Sports Foundation Salute to Women in Sports. “Now I’m excited to get back into the gym.”

Hernandez recently added handstand holds, back tucks and front flips to her conditioning program, in addition to continuing to run and lift weights.

“It’s a little difficult, but it’s fine,” she said. “I’ll push it a little more after the holidays.”

She has her eye on returning to competition in 2018.

“That’s definitely the hope,” Hernandez said. “I’m not going to rush anything, but I would love to compete in 2018.”

Hernandez, who said her next goal in gymnastics is to compete at the world championships for the first time and hopefully the 2020 Olympics, has not yet identified her comeback meet.

She noted that Aly Raisman took more than two years off after the London Olympics.

“I know every athlete is different,” Hernandez said. “But I wouldn’t mind following in her footsteps.”

Simone Biles, who has not competed since winning four gold medals in Rio, recently announced that she plans on returning to full-time training Nov. 1 and competition next summer.

“I look up to her, even though we are teammates,” Hernandez said. “I can’t wait to see her out there, but hopefully I’ll be out there with her soon.”

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Olympic cycling champion running for Congress

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Olympic cycling gold medalist Marty Nothstein is the latest to announce he’s running for the eastern Pennsylvania congressional seat being vacated by fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Dent.

Dent, a former state senator, is a centrist Republican who has held the seat since 2005. He’s retiring after his term expires next year.

Nothstein, who won sprint silver in 1996 and gold in 2000, is the only American track cyclist to win an Olympic title at a fully attended Games.

Two Republican state representatives, Ryan Mackenzie and Justin Simmons, previously announced they’re running for Dent’s 15th District seat.

Democrat Bill Leiner, a former Lehigh County commissioner, is also running.

Dent’s district includes Allentown and all of Lehigh County, and parts of four surrounding counties.

Republicans in 2011 stretched the district almost 90 miles to the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania to make it more Republican.

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