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Wiggins for Rowing Champs, Matthews wins Oppy Medal: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

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Wiggins confirmed for British Rowing Indoor Championships

by Shane Stokes

After a week when he was in the headlines over a now-ended UKAD investigation, Bradley Wiggins is now in the news in relation to a competitive debut in a new sport. British Rowing announced that the five-time Olympic champion will take on the best of the GB Rowing Team at the British Rowing Indoor Championships on Saturday December 9.

“It’s really exciting that Wiggo is going to be racing. On a personal level, I’m a massive cycling fan and he’s probably a large reason for that,” said 2017 World Rowing Championships bronze medallist Matt Rossiter.

“What he did in the Tour in 2012 was absolutely immense and he’s got a bag full of Olympic gold medals. He has to have one of the biggest engines ever in world sport and for him to try and tune it to rowing is awesome. To be lining up against one of your ultimate sporting heroes is an absolute privilege. He just better not beat me!”

Wiggins has been connected to a possible push for Olympic participation in rowing in 2020. The race in December will show how feasible such a campaign could be. The race will take place over 2,000 metres, and was won last year by GB rower Adam Neil.

Many top rowing competitors use cycling as part of their training. Were Wiggins to compete in major championships in the sport, he would be the highest-profile cyclist to move in that direction.

Today’s feature image shows the CX world champion Wout Van Aert (BEL/Crelan-Charles) in the Superprestige Gavere, and was taken by Kristof Ramon.

  • Interesting (positive) move from Vittoria and Pez – it was the Daily Distraction that ended my time reading Pez about five years ago. Perhaps I’ll return.

    • winkybiker

      Likewise. I occasionally visited the site but that DD section really made me reluctant to go there regularly. Now rightly consigned to a bygone era, thankfully. A pity if it was simple commercial pressures, rather than a real change of heart from the publisher though.

  • Craigus

    Maybe the track standers can instead perform a little artistic cycling at the traffic lights, it surely will help our profile and keep the kids amused

  • Daniel

    Oppy medal result is interesting, the gender imbalance arguement may have some more fuel thrown on. Its a hard one because one didnt compete at nationals and both came away from worlds with 2 medals each, albeit in different events. I guess I didnt really see the green jersey this year as being a huge result, more of a Bradbury moment.

    • velocite

      Man, that’s harsh!

    • Rob

      Only a douchebag would think winning a Green Jersey is nothing or doesn’t require effort. Maybe rewatch the multiple stages where MM turned himself inside-out for the mid stage points and still gave it all in the sprints…no matter the terrain. He was consistent and aggressive in the chase for the jersey. You don’t win it by accident.

      • Daniel

        Only a douchebage would upvote their own post and not even bother reading correctly the post they are replying too….

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