Wiggins close to his best

Sir Bradley Wiggins is a “superstar” who is not “too far from his best”, says Team England’s Ed Clancy.

The 34-year-old is training ahead of the Commonwealth Games after his

controversial omission

from Team Sky’s squad for the Tour de France.

England team-mate Clancy revealed Wiggins is looking for confirmation he still has what it takes on the track after six years on the roads.

“The way he’s riding at the moment, it looks like that is the case,” he added.

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Wiggins has been training with Team England at the Manchester Velodrome before the Commonwealth Games

Wiggins, who has four Olympic gold medals, switched focus and

picked up a historic Tour success in 2012.

He is now back in England’s team pursuit line-up at Glasgow 2014 and pondering another track run at Rio 2016.

“Brad’s return is definitely a good thing – he’s exciting, he brings a lot of energy, everyone knows he is a character and he is a superstar now, a massive superstar in the world of cycling,” said Clancy.

“I remember the first day he turned up to train with us again. There’s us guys – me and Steven Burke, Olympic champions, Andy Tennant who’s been there – but Brad’s still a celebrity to us.

Ed Clancy

Two-time Olympic champion Ed Clancy was part of a Team GB squad that underperformed at the World Championships earlier this year

“When he walked in that first day, we thought we haven’t seen this guy for a while and since we last saw him he’s won the Tour; he’s a big deal these days. I just didn’t want to say anything stupid but he’s dead cool, just like he always was.”

England expect to be major contenders for gold in the pursuit and Clancy is sure Wiggins can play a full part in that, rather than simply riding as a consolation prize following his Tour disappointment.

“He just wants some confirmation that he’s still got it on the track, that he can still be a big player in the team pursuit and the way he’s riding at the moment, it looks like that is the case,” said Clancy.

“As soon as he dropped back in, he wasn’t too far from his best.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/28378787

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