Bradley Wiggins: 'I've never been a natural leader'

Wiggins: 'I've never been a natural leader'
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Bradley Wiggins wants to be known as leader for his performances in races rather than any speeches he gives.

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins has admitted that being a team leader is not something that comes naturally to him.

The 32-year-old is viewed by many to be Team Sky's main cyclist following his success at the Tour de France and the London Olympics earlier this year.

There are well-documented stories of speeches that Lance Armstrong used to give to his teammates in the US Postal squad prior to major events. However, since then, it has been revealed that during his success Armstrong was the ringleader in a huge doping programme.

Wiggins though has insisted that he would rather be seen as a leader for his performances on the bike and not for any team talks that he gives.

"It's all very well Lance standing up and hearing these stories of him punching the seats on the bus and saying 'we're going to kick arse' and do this and that. That's all very well and good when you've got 10 litres of someone else's blood running through your body," said Wiggins.

"I'm still just still a normal bloke from Kilburn and it has never come easy to me. I train hard and I work hard. By winning races, that's how I lead and that is how I have gone through this whole season - inspiring my teammates by leading on the bike.

"I'm not vocal in a serious way and I think that is how I will continue to be. I'm never going to be this big leader who stands up on the bus. The guys know that I'm going to give them everything anyway. Maybe I have set a precedent to the guys coming through now of how to lead because I have won."

Wiggins was speaking at the launch of A Year in Yellow, which be shown on Sky Atlantic on Wednesday, November 21.

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