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.”