After announcing earlier this week that he had signed a short term contract extension with Team Sky, the 2012 Tour de France winner has announced plans for a new development team, which will be led by and bear the name of the man from Kilburn.
The team will be called WIGGINS, showing the commitment that is within British Cycling to ensure the seven time Olympic medalist has the best chance possible to reach that elusive eighth medal that would make him the most decorated British Olympian of all time.
The squad consists of riders that will be competing with Wiggins at Rio 2016 in the team pursuit and that are part of the national endurance track team.
It also includes up and coming riders that will be given the chance to compete in British road races including the Tour of Yorkshire, Tour of Britain and the RideLondon Classic.
Wiggins said: “Cycling has given me everything. Now I want to build something to inspire kids and to reach all those people who might be on the fringes of the sport.
“My message is simple: If I can do it, then so can you.”
The current World Time Trial Champion will also look to create more history in his new team colours by attempting to break the hour record, which is something he has “dreamt about since I was a boy”.
Despite the team name not barring any obvious sponsor, it is believed that the squad is heavily backed by Sky. However the newly formed UCI Continental-ranked team is unable to bear the Sky name as it would breach ownership rules due to Sky’s main sponsorship of UCI World Tour squad Team Sky.
Further details about WIGGINS’ team kit, race schedules as well as plans for Wiggo’s hour record attempt are set to be announced in spring 2015.