Wiggins shifts focus on Rio 2016 after silver

July 26, 2014 - 1:07:07 am

GLASGOW: Bradley Wiggins  has set his sights on claiming gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016 after losing out to Australia in the final of the men’s team pursuit in Glasgow.

The Australian quartet of Jack Bobridge, Luke Davison, Alex Edmondson and Glenn O’Shea set a new Commonwealth record on their way to beating England.

Wiggins, making his return to track cycling for the first time since 2008, couldn’t inspire his team-mates of Ed Clancy, Andy Tennant and Steven Burke to victory as the 34-year-old collected the fourth silver medal of his Commonwealth Games career.

Four-time Olympic champion Wiggins only made the decision to compete in the Games four weeks ago after being dropped by Team Sky for Tour de France. And the 2012 Tour de France winner says he will focus on the track as he aims to claim a fifth Olympic gold in Rio.

“I think we’re disappointed but in hindsight we will look back on this and think this was the start of things for us,” Wiggins said.

“Over the next two years Rio is the goal and we’re going to work back from that target.

“It takes four people to be on a par and we’ve all had such different preparations this year.”

“Catching the Australians is not going to be easy, we’ve got our work cut out because they set the standard once again,” he said before showing optimism. 

“But we’ve been in that position before and it’s not a bad position.”