Sources: Velo News – By Gregor Brown | All Things Michael
DOHA, Qatar (VN) — Sir Bradley Wiggins (Sky) has won the Tour de France and Olympic gold medals, but said winning his last big road race, Paris-Roubaix on April 12, could be as hard as moonwalking.
“I’d love to win Roubaix, and a lot of people are saying it’s a fairy tale ending, but it’s so unpredictable,” the Englishman explained.
“I’d love to moonwalk as well, but sometimes you have to accept you can’t do certain things in life, and I may never win Roubaix. It won’t be for the lack of trying, same as if I took lessons to try to moonwalk, which I’ll never do to the extent of Michael Jackson.”
Wiggins, who began his season in the Tour of Qatar this week, said racing Roubaix is “massively” different than anything he has ever done.
“It’s so unpredictable, Roubaix. You’ve got 200 guys that think they are Marc Madiot when they start the race and then you get to the end, there’s a handful of people. So it’s getting through all the mess and carnage to get to a position where you can use your physical form,” Wiggins said.
“With a time trial, you can predict what you are going to do on the day, every second counts, but in Paris-Roubaix, you can be minutes down, come back into the race, crash five times and all sorts. And that’s part of the magic of the race.”
“And they are all very different races, Paris-Roubaix is so different than the others,” Wiggins continued. “It’s not about just me preparing for Roubaix, ’cause there are guys like Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe, and Geraint Thomas who have goals in other races, it’s about being a part of that group and doing a good job for those guys so that when it comes my turn, they will repay it.”
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