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by Matt de Neef
March 27, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Greg Van Avermaet wins men’s Gent-Wevelgem; Lotta Lepisto takes out women’s Gent-Wevelgem; Alejandro Valverde victorious in the Volta a Catalunya; Lilian Calmejane wins Coppi e Bartali; Edwin Avila takes opening-day honours in the Tour de Taiwan; Kristof Allegaert leads Indian Pacific Wheel Race towards Melbourne; Cadel Evans and George Hincapie win masters category at Cape Epic MTB race; Heinrich Haussler to miss the Spring Classics with ongoing knee injury; Bradley Wiggins on Sky’s ‘load of rubbish’ marginal gains philosophy; At 50, Mario Cipollini looks back on his career; Riders injured as car ‘drives into cycle race’ in Berlin; Trigger Happy’s angry cyclist on Comic Relief.
Embattled former Sky rider Bradley Wiggins has spoken out about his old team’s “marginal gains” philosophy, describing it as “a load of rubbish” at a corporate event in London.
“A lot of people made a lot of money out of it and [Team Sky principal] David Brailsford used it constantly as his calling card,” Wiggins said. “But I always thought it was a load of rubbish.
“It’s a bit like the whole chimp thing,” Wiggins added, referring to a theory espoused by Sky’s former head of medicine, Dr Steve Peters. “At the end of the day, chimp theories and marginal gains and all these buzzwords – a lot of the time, I just think you have got to get the fundamentals right: go ride your bike, put the work in, and you’re either good or you’re not good. Sometimes in life or in sport, whatever, you’re either good at something or you’re not.
“That’s what makes you a better athlete: your physical ability and whether you’ve trained enough – not whether you’ve slept on a certain pillow or mattress.”
Wiggins made no mention of the ongoing UK Anti-Doping’s investigation into a medical package that was delivered to him at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Follow the link to read more at The Telegraph.