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by Mark Zalewski
January 24, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: The Status of Women’s Cycling – Part 1: A Discussion with Iris Slappendel; British Cycling CEO steps-down earlier than expected; Nicole Cooke to give testimony to British Parliament committee; Promising British cyclocross racer passes away; Former U23 World Champion dies of heart attack; Thalita De Jong out of World Championships; Equal prize money for 2017 HSBC UK National Women’s Road Series; Boonen to ride disc brakes during final season; Sport doping documentary that began with cycling premieres at Sundance; Multiple lawsuits filed over new Lemond carbon fibre company; Wiggins says reality TV decision based on maintaining fitness; Telenet UCI World Cup Hoogerheide highlights; Backstage Pass – Tour Down Under final stages.
Bradley Wiggins said his decision to appear on ‘The Jump,’ a reality TV show where contestants compete at ski jumping, is all about staying in shape after retiring from professional cycling.
“I don’t want to get fat and unfit, I’m really paranoid and conscious of that,” he told the Mirror. “I just don’t trust myself one bit. I’ve been institutionalised in sport since I was 12, so it’s a big change.
“I have to do it for my mental health, I have to keep busy and in a routine. I’ve an obsessive nature, what-ever I do, I do to excess, so I’d rather keep good and clean.”
In an earlier interview with The Guardian Wiggins was critical of retired athletes going the same route.
“You don’t want to become just this pointless celebrity who’s here, there and everywhere, going on ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook.’ I don’t want to become a captain on Question Of Sport and go on every week playing the fool.”
Click through to read more at The Mirror.