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Bradley Wiggins has reportedly signed up with XIX Entertainment- the star management company which works for the elite sports personnel like David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton & Andy Murray. The high profile management firm is an endeavor by Simon Fuller, erstwhile Spice Girls’ manager.
Fuller is also renowned as the man behind Pop Idol & American Idol.
The 2012 Tour France champion & 4 times gold winner at the Olympics has joined with XIX “to reap the benefits of growing participation in global cycling & utilize Wiggin’s own distinct stature as one among the most iconic sports figures in creating innovative business scopes worldwide”.
Wiggin had a comparative quite season in 2013 than his supremely successful tenure in 2012. He was the first even Brit rider to achieve the crowning glory at the world’s most prestigious cycling championship- Tour de France. The 2012 Tour France win was further followed by his amazing gold wins at the London Olympic time trial. But last year’s celebrated Tour France winner was compelled to quit from Giro in May and Tour France in 2013 given serious injuries. Besides, he was even replaced by Chris Froome from his team Team Sky this year which created serious cold war between the two riders. Froome is the 2013 Tour France winner.
However, Wiggins managed to overcome his injuries by mid 2013 and amazed everybody once again with his fantastic win at Tour Britain this September.
The 2013 Tour of Britain in September, which he won, drew in record-breaking numbers of spectators.
Fuller seemed super excited while speaking about his new partnership with Wiggins. “Sir Wiggins is a man of huge inspiration & its his remarkable successes that have earned him a vast follower base worldwide”, remarked Fuller. “He relished both an incredible past & an ambitious and clear view of future.”
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Bradley Wiggins of Britain is aiming to return to the track to win a fifth title in the next Olympics. The Tour de France winner of 2012 already has four Olympic medals under his belt and says that he will aim for a fifth. He also admitted after he lost the Tour de France title to a better rider, Chris Froome and said that he would support him for the 2014 because he is a better Grand Tour rider and is a much better climber and does the time trials better. He further said that age is with Chris and at 28 and having no kids gives him the potential to win five tours if he wants to.
Injury prevented him from winning the France 2013 title but wished to have a go at it one more time. He however admitted that returning back to the GB track team won’t be that easy. He said that having lost a considerable amount of muscles and weight getting an entry into the pursuit squad cannot be taken for granted. But he is doing his best to achieve that and would also like to take a crack at the 2014 tour-he earlier indicated that he would never take part in it- if Team Sky selects him.
However Sir Bradley Wiggins’ future in Team Sky is in doubt after he failed to defend his 2012 Tour de France title and also the claim of Richie Porte that he would lead the team in Giro d’ Italia next year. Failure of Wiggins at the Tour was attributed to the knee injury and a chest infection that interrupted with his preparations but he claimed the break from the WorldTour allowed him to refocus. After recovering Wiggins have won the final day time trial earlier this month at the Tour of Poland and it is his first win of the season.
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Due to a severe chest infection, Bradley Wiggins drew out of the Giro d’Italia, as announced by his team on Friday which ended the torrid race for Briton. He has been a winner of last year’s Tour de France. Before the commencement of the 13th stage from Busseto to Cherasco, northern Italy, team sky reported that the decision had been taken to pull out the 33 year old from the event. He was admitted on Thursday after a head cold transformed into a chest infection. The weather had also become a deterrent for Wiggins, who wished to become the first Briton.
However, he struggled to finish the 13th place during Thursday’s 12th stage about 5 minutes 22 seconds behind Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali who is the current leader. Ex-sky Rider Mark Cavendish won the stage who also happens to be the former world champion. Dave Brailsford, the team principal stated that Bradley had been kept in close monitoring and he will be sent to UK for treatment. He wishes that Bradley will regain health soon to participate in other events.
Wiggin’s primary objective was to win the Maglia Rosa or the Pink jersey before winning the sport’s biggest display, Tour de France held in July with Giro d’Italia being one of the most prestigious cycling races. The 100th edition of the Tour De France is just a month away with Wiggins heading to UK for treatment. Sadly, the going got tougher for Wiggins than was expected. The former winner of Tour de France faced trouble especially during the 10th stage which was hilly and owing to the extreme weather conditions and bad health, Wiggins lagged 37 seconds behind Colombian Rigoberto Uran, his lieutenant. Team sky will now focus on working for Uran who is 2 minutes 12 seconds behind Nibali in third.
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Lance Armstrong, the defamed cycling hero, might get bankrupt soon compensating for the federal charges imposed upon him. Armstrong who was the wealthiest of athletes until 2012 is presently down with a legal battle with multimillion dollar at jeopardy and any loss here could lead him to bankruptcy. The cyclist publicly confessed about his doping antics last year admitting that he consumed performance enhancing drugs for winning on the much celebrated 7 Tour de France titles.
According to experts, Armstrong’s ideal chance at safeguarding his fortunes most possibly rests in assuring the jury that government has earned hugely from him, irrespective of whether the cyclist cheated to achieve the Tour de France & lied for covering it up.
American Justice Department has sued Armstrong to compensate for minimum 40 million USD that was offered by American Postal Service under the sponsorship agreement for the cyclist’s team. The Justice department claimed that the sprinter was “enriched unjustly” by using drugs and steroids for winning Tour de France titles 7 times. However, as per the rider’s legal team, the benefits which the American postal Service earned on sponsoring for Armstrong’s team jersey was far more valuable than the sponsorship amount paid by them. The US Postal Service carried 4 studies which revealed that the sponsorship contract was over 100 million USD in value in terms of global exposure for this agency at the time when it was striving to boost up its brand.
The defamed cycling legend can still settle his case prior to getting to the trial that might not start till 2014. The previous settlement discussions did not materialize this year. In case the case gets to trial, it would be easier for government to prove Armstrong fraud of violating contract. The Act of False Claims permits the government to ask for triple damages.
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