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“For Omloop Het Niuewsblad, we’ve got last year’s winner in Ian Stannard, and he’s trying to do the double, so my job will be to put him in the best position to win,” Wiggins said.

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27.02.2015 @ 19:22 Posted by Aleksandra Górska

It's not a big secret that Bradley Wiggins intends to end his career as a Team Sky rider with a victory in Paris-Roubaix, the race he fell in love with from the first sight last year. As the classics season officially kicks-off with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, though, the British rider insists that putting last year's winner Ian Stannard in the best position to make it double will be his only objective.


Wiggins started his 2015 season with appearances in stage races held in the Middle East, but claims that building his form towards Paris-Roubaix is still in progress. Thus, he is willing to lay everything on the line for his team-mates in the opening races, grateful for a selfless work they have been doing for him in the past.


“I feel good. I’m coming off the back of a good block of training and I’m ready for what I consider to be the start of my season proper now. I used the Tour of Qatar as a preparation race, but this next month of racing is where it really matters,” Wiggins told Team Sky official website.


“There’s still a long way to go until Paris-Roubaix and for me, it’s all about continuing to work and going through the process in the build up to that.”


“For Omloop Het Niuewsblad, we’ve got last year’s winner in Ian Stannard, and he’s trying to do the double, so my job will be to put him in the best position to win.”


“I’d like to be there when it matters in the final. It’s not going to be a case of emptying the tank in the first 100km and then swinging over, my goal will be to finish, to finish well, and be there in the last 30-40km when there might be a break that needs chasing down or we to drive things ourselves.”


“After everything these guys have given me over the years, I’m looking forward to do a job for them as they go for the win.”


Even though the 34-year old Briton started his fiery romance with Flemish cobbled races late in his career and wasn't treated seriously by more decorated classics specialists while revealing his ambitions to target the Hell of the North last year, he once again proved to be one of the most versatile cyclist in the history with 9th spot claimed at the velodrome in Roubaix.


Being accustomed to racing in various conditions, from the track to mountaintop finishes, Team Sky rider revealed that cobbled classics require entirely different mental approach than stage races, including grand tours.


“Getting yourself into the right mind-set for the cobbled classics is far different to any other race.”


“These races are over in one day and you don’t get a second chance. It’s a case of laying everything on the line, taking risks, and every one of them is a warzone. We all know the score and the strongest guys generally win.”


Reflecting on season's opening Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Wiggins acknowledged that cold weather is usually a decisive factor.


“The biggest difference between this race and the other cobbled classics is the cold. Obviously, it’s still February and it’ll be a good 10-15 degrees warmer in five or six weeks’ time when the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix roll around. Tomorrow it’ll be around 5 degrees and that’s the thing that wears people out. Last year it rained as well and that really sorts the men from the boys.



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