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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 November 2005, 09:01 GMT
Wiggins aims to follow Armstrong
By Matt Majendie

Bradley Wiggins
British Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins is backing himself to follow Lance Armstrong as the next rider to wear the Tour de France's yellow jersey.

Wiggins has targeted victory in the prologue at next July's race and, as a result, the leader's jersey.

He told BBC Sport: "Winning the prologue is my number-one goal for the coming season.

"Putting that yellow jersey on is the pinnacle of any cyclist's career - more so even than Olympic gold."

The 25-year-old, who won gold, silver and bronze in Athens last year, has switched from Credit Agricole to Cofidis in a bid to improve his chances come the Tour.

"The new team are really behind me for winning the prologue," he said, "and it certainly played a part in the move.

"I felt I should have been included in Credit Agricole's team at the last Tour. At the time I was in really good form but that's part and parcel of professional cycling."

The opener at the Tour de France plays perfectly into my hands
Bradley Wiggins
Cofidis have past experience of winning the Tour prologue, courtesy of Wiggins' countryman David Millar, who won the stage in 2000 but was then sacked by the team after admitting to taking EPO.

Wiggins already appears to be in prime form having finished seventh in the individual time trial at the World Championships at the end of the season.

"I'm hoping to carry that momentum over to next season," he added. "And that placing was all the more pleasing as it was over 40km, which is not the sort of distance that really suits me.

"But the opener at the Tour de France plays perfectly into my hands - it's the sort of distance I won Olympic gold over. It'll be exciting to see what form I'm in and what happens.

"And I'm going there with the sole purpose of winning that, which I know could come down to just a hundredth-of-a-second."

Wiggins has one other aim at the Tour - to complete the race.

He has begun to show form in the mountains - he won a climb in the Tour de l'Avenir last season, which will hold him in good stead during the tougher ascents next July.

"But I'm under no illusions," he said. "It's all about getting over to the finish. I hope my fitness can get me there."

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