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Cycling legend Bradley Wiggins signs up for The Jump post retirement

Bradley Wiggins decided to sign up for the Channel 4 programme because skiing is a "big passion" of his.

Bradley Wiggins is swapping the cycle track for the slopes after signing up for Channel 4's The Jump.

The 36-year-old sportsman, who became the first Briton to win the Tour de France tournament back in 2012, announced his retirement from cycling just six days ago.

But now the five-time Olympic champion is going to channel his competitive nature into high-octane programme The Jump, which is expected to premiere on Channel 4 sometime this month (Jan17).

Labelling skiing "a big passion", Bradley said of his decision to join The Jump's line-up: "It was a mix of that and the other committed names this year that made me want to sign up. Major retiring Olympians such as Sir Steve Redgrave have also trod this path.

"I see this as a sporting challenge and want to go out there and win it. Just don't call me a celebrity."

However, Wiggins will be dicing with danger as he takes on the programme's notoriously tough challenges, as stars including former athletes including Rebecca Adlington and Beth Tweddle have suffered serious injuries while competing in the show.

Bradley is one of 14 famous faces who have signed up to star in The Jump. He will be joined by two other former Olympians, gymnast Louis Smith and taekwondo champion Jade Jones, as well as Paralympic medallist Kadeena Cox, ex footballer Robbie Fowler, and rugby stars Gareth Thomas and Jason Robinson.

Reality stars Lydia Bright, from The Only Way Is Essex, Big Brother's Josie Gibson and Made In Chelsea's Spencer Matthews will all be trying their luck, while presenters Vogue Williams and Emma Parker-Bowles, niece of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are also 2017 competitors.

Model Caprice Bourret and comedian Mark Dolan complete the line-up.

Davina McCall will return as host of the programme, after previously admitting she was stunned so many people wanted to take part in the show considering all the injuries over the years.

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