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I'll help others through social work: Wiggins

New role: Sir Bradley Wiggins
New role: Sir Bradley Wiggins

By Ian Parker

Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed he is taking a degree in social work as he looks to redefine himself after his cycling career.

The 39-year-old was the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012 and took Olympic time trial gold just days later, but said he no longer wants to be defined by his sporting success and is instead trying to find ways to help people.

"I don't give a s*** about my cycling career now," Wiggins said. "I'm just detached from it, I don't want to live off the back of it. I live off of being me, and I'm happy in my own skin."

Wiggins, who briefly attempted to become an elite rower after his cycling career ended, has now found success as a pundit for Eurosport, and during this year's Tour de France he drew rave reviews for his commentary when riding on a motorbike, laughing and joking with riders in the peloton.

However, Wiggins, who had a difficult relationship with his estranged father after growing up in Kilburn, said he also wants to move into social work.

"When I was offered a TV role I wasn't sure I wanted to do it," he said.

"It took me a while to find myself, redefine myself, and come back to cycling without an ego.

"So now I can do the TV job, but I've also enrolled to do an Open University degree in social work. I want to help people.

"Those horrific things I saw when I was growing up... nothing can shock me now, and I want to use that mental toughness working as a social worker."

•Irishman Sam Bennett notched a maiden win on La Vuelta with an emphatic sprint win in Stage 3 ahead of Belgium's Edward Theuns and Slovenia's Luka Mezgec.

Bora-Hansgrohe's Bennett, the Irish national champion, won by over a bike length in Alicante on the Costa Blanca with Trek-Segafredo's Theuns and Mitchelton-Scott's Mezgec only ever battling for second place.

On a great day for the Irish, Bennett's countryman Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) retained the red jersey after a straight-forward day in southeastern Spain.

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