Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins probably done with Tour de France

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Bradley Wiggins is not only focusing on track cycling (rather than the road) with a potential fifth Olympics on the horizon, but he is also ready to be done with Grand Tours altogether.

“The road will have to kind of take a backseat, really,” Wiggins told the BBC. “The priority will be the track. … Probably that will be it for Grand Tours [Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Espana].”

Wiggins, 34, won a silver medal for England in the team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, his first major venture into track cycling since 2008.

He switched to road cycling after the Beijing Olympics, became the first Brit to win the Tour de France in 2012 and captured the London Olympic time trial later that summer. It marked his seventh career Olympic medal, with six track medals from 2000 through 2008.

Wiggins’ relationship with road cycling has turned sour the last two years. Team Sky mate Chris Froome won the 2013 Tour de France, with Wiggins sitting out due to injury, and Wiggins was not selected for this year’s tour. He and Froome are not the best of friends.

“I’ve kind of done the road now,” Wiggins told the BBC. “I’ve bled it dry. I’ve stopped enjoying the road as it has become so political and so much red tape. The track feels much more like a family and a closer-knit group of people, where you’ve got to work for each other, really. The road is sort of quite cut-throat, really.”

The storyline for Wiggins, should he make it to Rio 2016, is simple. Win one medal, and he becomes the most decorated British Olympian ever.

That would seem more likely on the track than on the road, since the velodrome offers the four-man team pursuit in which Great Britain excels. It has made the podium in the team pursuit at the last four Games, three times with Wiggins.

“I just see myself as a bike rider, really,” Wiggins told the BBC. “I don’t see it as a step down [from road to track]. The track is where it all began for me. I’d love it to finish on a high now.”

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Wagner, Asada, Hanyu headline NHK Trophy in Japan; Grand Prix Final berths on the line

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Three-time U.S. national champion Ashley Wagner looks to qualify for her fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final at this weekend’s NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan. A medal of any color should be good enough to get her to Barcelona, but she faces a tough field.

Japan’s Mao Asada returned to competition this season and is poised to qualify for the most elite competition since the Sochi Olympics (where she finished sixth) and 2014 World Championships (which she won). Finishing on the podium would earn a berth to the final for Asada. Also in the field are Americans Mirai Nagasu and Courtney Hicks, Japan’s Satoko Miyahara, and one of Russia’s darlings from last season, Anna Pogorilaya.

Olympic champion and last year’s Grand Prix Final winner Yuzuru Hanyu, surely to be the overwhelming crowd favorite in the men’s field, will look to improve his short program results from his other Grand Prix appearance. At Skate Canada, two of his three jumping passes recceived zero points. He rallied in the free skate, finishing second behind Canada’s Patrick Chan. Chan is essentially a lock for the final, while a top three finish would seal the deal for Hanyu.

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Other men in the hunt for Grand Prix Final berths competing in Nagano include China’s Jin Boyang and Russia’s Maxim Kovtun, who also need podium finishes to lock up spots in Barcelona. Jin’s and Kovtun’s finishes will likely dictate whether or not American Max Aaron qualifies to the final. More on that process here. No U.S. man has qualified since Jeremy Abbott did it in 2011.

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Reigining U.S. pairs champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim can make the Grand Prix Final with a medal in Japan.

The U.S. is sending three ice dance couples to Japan, of which two have a shot at qualifying for Barcelona. Siblings and Sochi Olympians Maia and Alex Shibutani can finish in any 1-2 combination with Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue allowing for both duos to qualify for the final. Madison Chock and Evan Bates, U.S. ice dance champions, already qualified. will stream for subscribers live coverage of men’s, women’s, pairs and ice dance short programs and free skates. NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will have coverage Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Men’s short program — Friday, 2:10 a.m. ET (start order here)
Women’s short program — Friday, 5:05 a.m. ET (start order here)
Men’s free skate — Saturday, 2:30 a.m. ET
Women’s free skate — Saturday, 5:35 a.m. ET

Inside the #RoadtoRio photo shoots

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Bringing together over 100 Summer Olympians and Olympic hopefuls with puppies, samba dancers and supermodels, NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee partnered for an extensive five-day media summit in West Hollywood, Ca. The athletes took part in photo shoots, interviews and video segments all in preparation for next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over the course of the summit, participants shared behind-the-scenes moments on social media using the #RoadtoRio hashtag. NBC Olympics also launched its official Snapchat account, with the username NBCOlympics. Here are some of the highlights:

Olympians fell in puppy love:


Then got a crash course in Brazil’s signature dance, the samba:


A photobooth with props let the athletes–and even Bob Costas–show off their silly sides:


Olympic fans like Alessandra Ambrosio and Flula dropped by:


In between shoots, athletes from different sports mingled:


The faux-Rio beach was the perfect set:


But these Olympic stars needed only a simple white backdrop to shine:

Wait who is the Olympian here! Linnéa stealing the show at the @nbcolympics #roadtorio

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