WIGGINS

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WIGGINS
Team information
UCI codeWGN
RegisteredUnited Kingdom
Founded2014 (2014)
DisciplineRoad & track
StatusUCI Continental
BicyclesPinarello
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerRobert Dodds
Andrew McQuaid
Bradley Wiggins
Team manager(s)Simon Cope
Team name history
2014–WIGGINS
WIGGINS jersey
Jersey

WIGGINS (UCI team code: WGN), also known as Team Wiggins in media, is a professional developmental cycling team based in the United Kingdom, which began competing in elite road bicycle racing and track cycling in 2015.

Team history[edit]

The WIGGINS team at the 2015 Grand Prix Pino Cerami

The team was founded by Bradley Wiggins, after much speculation in the latter part of the 2014 road season, in order to better facilitate his return to the track as part of his preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games.[1][2]

The team has a reported budget of £460,000 which is comparable to JLT–Condor and Madison-Genesis. According to Cycling Weekly the team's management comprises Robert Dodds (president of XIX Entertainment, and Wiggins's manager), Andrew McQuaid (rider agent and director of Trinity Sports Management) and Wiggins himself. The team appointed former Wiggle–Honda DS Simon Cope as its first directeur sportif .[3]

For the team's inaugural season the team began with eight full-time riders, with Wiggins joining on 1 May 2015. Those eight were Steven Burke, Mark Christian, Jonathan Dibben, Owain Doull, Daniel Patten, Iain Paton, Andy Tennant and Michael Thompson.[3][4] These eight riders are supplemented by riders from the British Academy on a race to race basis. On 5 January 2015 the team was officially awarded its UCI Continental licence.[5]

In March 2015, Bradley Wiggins confirmed that he would make his debut with the team at the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire at the start of May.[6] In 2016, he entered the Tour De Yorkshire with his team and dropped out in the first stage.[7] WIGGINS was not invited to the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire.[8] In 2018 following the collapse of Team Aqua Blue Sport, Team Wiggins participated at short notice in the 2018 Tour of Britain.[9]. Tom Pidcock was the team's highest placed rider in the race at 17th in the General Classification.

Sponsorship[edit]

One of Team WIGGINS' Jaguar XF support cars

Sky, along with British Cycling, will sponsor and support the team.[10] The team's kit was initially produced by Rapha.[11] but as of 2018 the team switched to use Le Col as their clothing supplier. The team use Pinarello bikes equipped with Zipp, Fizik, Elite and SRAM components.[12]

Team roster[edit]

Rider Date of birth
 Gabriel Cullaigh (GBR) (1996-04-08) 8 April 1996 (age 22)
 Mark Donovan (GBR) (1999-04-03) 3 April 1999 (age 19)
 Mark Downey (IRL) (1996-07-03) 3 July 1996 (age 22)
 Nathan Draper (GBR) (1997-07-11) 11 July 1997 (age 21)
 James Fouche (NZL) (1998-03-28) 28 March 1998 (age 20)
 Etienne Georgi (GBR) (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 20)
 Dylan Kerfoot-Robson (GBR) (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 22)
 Corentin Navarro (FRA) (1997-11-29) 29 November 1997 (age 20)
 Michael O'Loughlin (IRL) (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 21)
Rider Date of birth
 Thomas Pidcock (GBR) (1999-07-30) 30 July 1999 (age 19)
 Oliver Robinson (GBR) (1999-03-30) 30 March 1999 (age 19)
 Jacques Sauvagnargues (GBR) (1999-09-24) 24 September 1999 (age 19)
 Robert Scott (GBR) (1998-07-24) 24 July 1998 (age 20)
 Campbell Stewart (NZL) (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 20)
 Matthew Teggart (IRL) (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 22)
 Joey Walker (GBR) (1997-09-15) 15 September 1997 (age 21)
 Reece Wood (GBR) (1998-05-28) 28 May 1998 (age 20)
 Jesse Yates (GBR) (1996-08-01) 1 August 1996 (age 22)

Major wins[edit]

2015
Wiltshire GP, Andy Tennant
Stage 2 Flèche du Sud, Andy Tennant
Stage 3 & 4 Flèche du Sud, Owain Doull
Round 6 - Barrow Tour Series, Christopher Lawless
Points classification Tour of Britain, Owain Doull
2016
Stage 3a (ITT) Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux, Jonathan Dibben
Stage 4 Ronde de l'Isard, Scott Davies
Stage 5 Olympia's Tour, Christopher Latham
2017
Klondike Grand Prix, Christopher Latham
2018
Stages 1 & 6 Volta ao Alentejo, Gabriel Cullaigh
Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic, Gabriel Cullaigh
Stage 2 Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc, Mark Donovan

National, continental and world champions[edit]

2015
MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British U23 Road Race, Owain Doull
MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British Track (Individual pursuit), Andy Tennant
UEC Champion Jersey.svg UEC European Track (Team pursuit) Bradley Wiggins
2016
Jersey rainbow.svg World Track (Points race), Jonathan Dibben
Jersey rainbow.svg World Track (Madison), Bradley Wiggins
MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British U23 Time Trial, Scott Davies
Gold medal.svg Olympic Games (Team pursuit), Steven Burke, Owain Doull & Bradley Wiggins
Gold medal.svg Olympic Games (Team Sprint), Philip Hindes
2017
MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British U23 Time Trial, Scott Davies
2018
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish U23 Time Trial, Michael O'Loughlin

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sir Bradley and Team Wiggins: How it might work". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  2. ^ "More details emerge on Team Wiggins". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Bull, Nick (15 December 2014). "Team Wiggins: jersey and full details revealed". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Andy Tennant and Mark Christian to ride for Team Wiggins in 2015?". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ Bull, Nick (5 January 2015). "Team Wiggins granted UCI licence". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ Bull, Nick (13 March 2015). "Wiggins gets green light to join new team in May and ride Tour de Yorkshire". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Tour de Yorkshire: Sir Bradley Wiggins quits as Groenewegen wins stage one". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Team Wiggins 'surprised' by Tour de Yorkshire omission". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Tour of Britain 2018: Team Wiggins added after Aqua Blue Sport withdraw". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  10. ^ "WIGGINS team confirmed for 2015". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ Ballard, Tom (18 February 2015). "Rapha to produce WIGGINS team kit". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ Benson, Daniel (27 April 2015). "Exclusive gallery: Bradley Wiggins' new Pinarello race bike". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 17 October 2015.

External links[edit]

Official website