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Wiggins hints at Team Sky switch


Wiggins hints at team change and 2012 retirement

Bradley Wiggins has hinted he may leave Garmin-Slipstream to join the new British-based squad Team Sky.

Britain's three-time Olympic track champion was a surprise fourth in the 2009 Tour de France and says he must move if he is to better that next year.

Wiggins, 28, told BBC Sport: "The Tour de France changed everything.

"It's like trying to win the Champions League - you need to be at Manchester United but I'm playing at Wigan at the moment so I have to make that step up."

However, British Cycling performance director and Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford refused to be drawn on whether Wiggins - who is tied to Garmin for the 2010 season - would be joining his team.

Brailsford tight-lipped over Wiggins

"There are two or three more spots to fill on our roster and we have our eyes on a few riders," he told BBC Sport.

"But key British riders are maybe under contract and we've got to respect that."

Wiggins, who withdrew from his previous Tour de France attempt in 2007, and finished 124th in 2006 on his first ride, shocked even himself in this year's race.

"No-one would have imagined I would finish fourth," he continued.

"Going into this year I hoped for success in time trials.

"I never really imagined I'd be climbing with the best in the Tour. It has changed everything about the future and what I'm capable of achieving.

"I believe I'm capable of getting on the podium - I was inches away from it this time.

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"Next year I'll be stronger. I'll have a bit more self belief and confidence.

"It will be very difficult to challenge (Tour winner) Alberto Contador. He is an amazing rider but I'll go in the best possible condition and see what happens.

"I won't go in to finish third. I set off to win the race."

Wiggins also confirmed his intention to defend his Olympic 4,000m individual pursuit title for a second time after winning in Athens in 2004 and Beijing last year. He also won the team pursuit in China.

"The support from the Brits will be amazing as it always is at the Olympics," he said.

"Athens was incredible so I can't imagine what London will be like.

"I want to defend my pursuit titles in London but it is quite far away to think about.

"This year still hasn't sunk in but London is at the back of my mind and I'd love to be going for number three in the individual.

"It will be a nice way to end my career if I do end it there, which I probably will."

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