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Must Reads: Wiggo better than LA? O’Grady aims for history

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Nov. 25, 2012
Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong battled for third at the 2009 Tour de France. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

Wiggo’ on Armstrong: ‘My victories aren’t built on sand’ — GQ

Bradley Wiggins tells the British magazine GQ he believes he could have won against a showdown versus disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

In an interview, the 2012 Tour de France winner says Armstrong’s doping scandal puts his victory in a better light.

“In some ways I think the scandal enhances what I did,” Wiggins said. “His success was built on lies. I look at him now and think to myself, ‘He didn’t win those Tours fairly, so maybe this superhuman cycling legend was never as good a rider as me.’ … That makes me feel proud that my victories aren’t built on sand.”

Wiggins joined his Team Sky teammates on the Spanish island of Mallorca this week for the squad’s first training camp ahead of the 2013 season.

Spanish dailies also reported over the weekend that Wiggins is shopping for a house on the Mediterranean island, which is popular with cyclists.

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O’Grady looking to tie Tour mark — Adelaide Now

Australian veteran Stuart O’Grady is looking to get back to the Tour de France in 2013 in what would tie a record set by George Hincapie.

Hincapie started 17 Tours. If O’Grady makes it to Corsica for the start of the 100th Tour in late June, it would put him on par with the American, who retired earlier this year.

“I’m all recovered now (from a crash in August in Germany), but the healing process seems to take longer as you get older,” O’Grady told Adelaide Now. “We’ll hopefully build up for the classics and the Tour de France — it will be [start] No. 17 this year. Obviously time flies.”

The 39-year-old O’Grady has a contract with Orica-GreenEdge through the end of 2013, but he’s considering racing for one more season to try to make history with what would be an 18th start in 2014.

“There’s a bit of pressure that there’s going to be an 18th (start),” O’Grady said during the team’s training camp in Australia. “I’m looking forward to starting next season here in Australia before heading back to Europe.”

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