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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Boardman hails Wiggins
By Mike Burnett

Former Olympic champion Chris Boardman has praised Bradley Wiggins for his track cycling treble in Athens.

But Boardman, who won gold in 1992, believes the 24-year-old must now transfer his talents to cycling's biggest event, the Tour de France.

"I knew he was capable of it but the question is how he is going to capitalise on it.

"He's got to use this ability on the road and think about the Tour de France," Boardman told BBC Sport.

Wiggins claimed a stunning gold in the individual pursuit, silver in the team event and a last-gasp bronze with Rob Hayles in the madison.

He needs to put Athens to bed - he's ready for another challenge
Chris Boardman
And Boardman, expert adviser to the team in Athens and mentor to Wiggins, said he must now look to the future.

Wiggins, who has been road racing professionally in France for three years, first with Francaise des Jeux and now Credit Agricole, could set off in a new direction.

"Everyone thinks that once you win an Olympic medal you're set, but Olympic medals are not lucrative in their own right," said Boardman.

"He needs to put Athens to bed - he's ready for another challenge.

"What I'd like to see Bradley do now is sit down with us and look back at his performance and decide what was good and what was bad.

"We need to decide what we're going to do now, and effectively draw up a business plan."

Chris Boardman in 1992
Boardman claimed the gold in the 1992 Olympics
Boardman followed his success at the Olympics in Barcelona by racing in the Tour.

He became only the second Englishman to wear the yellow jersey after his prologue win in 1994 and believes Wiggins has the talent to follow in his footsteps and even surpass his achievements.

"I'd like to see him do the Tour de France - he can win stages, so he could switch to that," added Boardman, who retired from the sport in 2000.

"He has shown the potential and teams are prepared to take a risk on him. He just needs to show them he can win.

"He certainly has the ability to go as far as me, if not further.

"The problem now is that he's still young and is only used to preparing for one major event a year, but he needs to do that three or four times a year."

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