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Bradley Wiggins: 'The Jump stars aren't desperate celebrities'

Bradley Wiggins has hit back at claims that the stars competing on this year's (17) The Jump are "craving publicity".

Bradley Wiggins has defended his decision to take part in The Jump, insisting the stars aren't "desperate celebrities" looking to make headlines.

The Olympian is arguably the biggest name competing in this year's (17) series of the Channel 4 winter sports show, while famous faces including Spencer Matthews, Lydia Bright and Caprice.

There are also several sportsmen taking part, and Bradley told Digital Spy that the calibre of the names is proof it's not just an attempt to seek publicity for themselves.

"Jason (Robinson) and Robbie (Fowler) aren't from that (celebrity) world. This isn't a celebrity show, this is people from the public eye competing for a winter sports show," he said.

"It's not like we're on Big Brother – craving that (publicity), or desperate celebrities trying to enhance our name. We're taking up the challenge of this and it was like, 'fancy doing that TV show The Jump?' – seven weeks in Austria learning how to ski properly."

Bradley has had a troubled start to his time in the competition, and suffered a calf injury on Sunday night's first live show (05Feb17). There had been some doubt as to whether he would be able to continue on the show, due to that and an ankle injury previously sustained during training, but a Channel 4 spokesperson told Digital Spy he is determined to carry on trying his luck on the slopes.

"Bradley has received treatment for an injury to his leg, but he remains in the competition," the representative stated.

Following his calf injury during the parallel slalom contest, Bradley was rushed to a doctors and dosed up with painkillers, but is said to be taking it easy as he heads into the second week of the competition.

"Bradley was gutted to have sustained an injury and is doing all he can to stay in the process," a source told The Sun newspaper. "He was taken to see a doctor and given painkillers.

"But Bradley’s as hard as nails so bosses think he will be fine to carry on – as long as he doses himself up regularly."

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