Bradley Wiggins says his Tour de France win still feels surreal

Bradley Wiggins

UCI World Championships

Venue:
Limburg, Netherlands
Date:
Sunday, 23 September (men's road race)
Coverage:
Men's road race, Live on red button 09:35-16:15 & red button & BBC2 15:15-17:00 and live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Bradley Wiggins says he has still not come to terms with winning this year's Tour de France.

The 32-year-old became a household name after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour, before taking the gold medal in the Olympic time trial.

Wiggins will take part in the world road race championship in the Netherlands on Sunday.

"I don't know what to make of the Tour. I haven't come to terms with what happened in the Tour," he said.

"I have to remind myself because there was no time for reflection. We came straight into the Olympics, it was all about the Olympics and post-Olympics, it was still about the Olympics.

"The Tour got forgotten a little bit and it wasn't an enjoyable experience at all. It's not something you remember in a positive way. It's just a little bit surreal."

Wiggins' victory on the Tour coupled with his fourth Olympic gold medal nine days later saw the Team Sky rider's fame reach new heights, something he sees as life-changing.

"Life changed quite a bit, I haven't really got used to that yet," he said.

"Doing what I did on the Tour and then the expectations going into the Olympics, then doing what I did at the Olympics topped it off really."

However, Wiggins is adamant that he will not allow the clamour surrounding him to affect his performances on the bike.

"It's how you embrace that life," he added. "I don't want to become a celebrity, I've said 'no' to a lot of things, some things really nice. Ultimately you have to go back to work.

"It's what gives you routine in your daily life or you end up drinking and going to parties and being a celebrity.

"I don't want to be that, it's not what put you there in the first place. You have to go back to what got you there in the first place, you have to be quite ruthless."

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