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Bradley Wiggins: It’s all about Olympics, regardless of Tour de France

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If Bradley Wiggins had to choose between a Tour de France title and an Olympic gold medal, it sure sounds like he’d pick the latter.

The British cyclist with seven Olympic medals, including four golds, eyes his fifth Games next year.

“To represent your country at the Olympics is about as good as it gets, really,” Wiggins, 35, said in a Sky Sports interview published Tuesday. “Put a gold medal on top of that, and it doesn’t ever get any better. So that hasn’t changed for me since Sydney 15 years ago. This is my fifth Olympics. That buzz and that feeling I get in the run-up to it, and the whole thing surrounding the Olympics, is still the same, really. It’s still the height of every four years for me, really, regardless of Tour de Frances and everything; it’s all about the Olympics.”

In 2012, Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and the fourth rider to own Tour de France and Olympic titles. The others were the Netherlands’ Joop Zoetemelk, Spain’s Miguel Indurain and Germany’s Jan Ullrich.

Wiggins has not raced the Tour de France since and is not expected to take part again.

Wiggins, who hopes to compete exclusively in track cycling in Rio, said the opportunity to break his tie with retired track cyclist Chris Hoy for the British Olympic medal record is not what drives him.

“In my eyes, I will never be up there with Sir Steve Redgraves or Sir Chris Hoys,” Wiggins said, mentioning the third-most decorated British Olympian Redgrave, a retired rower with six medals. “Just to be mentioned in the same breath as those people is a kind of honor for me.”

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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