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by Shane Stokes
November 18, 2017
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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.