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I'd love to seal British history in Rio Olympics: Bradley Wiggins

By Tom Allnutt

Sir Bradley Wiggins admits that if cycling was a computer game he would have completed it by now but insists he is as hungry as ever to win a fifth Olympic gold this summer.

Wiggins is gunning for a British record eighth Olympic medal in Rio, having already collected four golds, one silver and two bronze from his four previous Games. A medal of any colour in August would take the 35-year-old above Sir Chris Hoy, who has six golds and one silver, in the cumulative list.

As well as his Olympic success, Wiggins has enjoyed a glittering career in all areas of the sport.

He has eight World titles - including the 2014 road time-trial title, plus seven on the track - four silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and is the current UCI Hour record holder. He also won the Tour de France in 2012, becoming the first ever British rider to achieve the feat.

Wiggins returned to the Lee Valley VeloPark yesterday to launch a new 46-mile sportive around London aimed at helping younger riders enjoy cycling and when asked about his own remaining ambitions in racing, the veteran was clear.

"Another Olympic gold," Wiggins said. "I've been fortunate to have done everything I wanted to do.

"The hour record had been lingering. I had to do it last summer or not do it at all so I was fortunate to do that here in London.

"There's not much left. If cycling was a video game I would have completed it."

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