Bradley Wiggins has claimed he will never ride the Tour de France again, and will now instead focus his attention on day races and the track - something to which he returned for the Commonwealth Games.
Falling out of love with the road
Wiggins became the first British winner of the Tour de France when he clinched victory in that halcyon summer of 2012, during which he also claimed Olympic time trial gold, but lost his position as Team Sky leader only a year later.
Chris Froome, Wiggins’ replacement in search for the general classification, was able to win the yellow jersey, while retained his position for the 2014 Tour de France. Wiggins, meanwhile, was left out all together.
It was this decision that appears to have influenced Wiggins’ decision to rule himself out of Grand Tour riding, and now hopes to push towards the 2016 Olympics on the tracks, where he can set a new benchmark by claiming an eighth medal.
Enough for Wiggins
"I've kind of done the road now. I've bled it dry,” he told BBC Sport.
"The road is quite cut-throat. The track feels more like a family and a closer-knit group of people."
Wiggins added: "That will probably be it for the Grand Tours. I can't imagine doing that now.”
Wiggins' return to the track with England in the Commonwealth Games was a productive one, although somewhat disappointing given his illustrious past.
England were able to claim a silver medal in the 4000m team pursuit in Glasgow, with the 34-year-old a member of a quarter including Ed Clancy, Andy Tennant and Steven Burke.
They were somewhat thrashed by a dominant Australian outfit, comprising of Luke Davison, Jack Bobridge, Alex Edmondson and Glenn O'Shea, who streaked to a five second victory in a Games record time.
Wiggins, though, was feeling optimistic, and his mind is now focused on the next Olympics, which will take place in Rio in two years.
"Four weeks ago we sat in a room for the first time in six years and wondered how far we can go," Wiggins said.
"We've had limited preparations for this and hopefully we will look back in two years' time with gold medals around our necks thinking 'this was the starting point in Glasgow'.
"I've said all along that the track was always what I was going to go back to. I need to put some muscle on and get stronger.
"It's going to be two years of graft and we can't underestimate how much work we have ahead to get in the right place for Rio."
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