Bradley Wiggins in flying form earlier this year
It’s the time of year when riders start casting an eye to next year, and which teams colours they’ll be riding in. There’s been some interesting moves already, with David Millar heading to the US Slipstream team, joining David Zabriskie and Magnus Backstedt.
More recently however, T-Mobile has been getting its cheque book out, with Bradley Wiggins, Eric Zabel and George Hincapie set to slip into the distinctive pink team strip next season.
After riding for the French Cofidis team for the past two years, it’s been confirmed the 27-year-old will join fellow Brits Mark Cavendish and Roger Hammond.
“It will be a big change, the first time I’ve gone to a multicultural, English-speaking team,” Wiggins told the Observer newspaper. “I’ll be joining two other British guys, Mark Cavendish and Roger Hammond, which is something to look forward to.”
Wiggins however won’t be riding next year’s Tour de France, instead focusing his training and preparation on the Olympics. “What attracted me to T-Mobile is that they are fully behind my Olympic planning,” Wiggins says. “For example, I won’t have to do the Tour de France, which is on the backburner for now.
Having ridden for the Discovery team and formely US Postal team his whole pro career of 11-years, and helping to steer Lance Armstrong to seven Toru de France wins, George Hincapie is heading to the T-Mobile team.
“It feels like I am starting over. I’m excited about what’s coming up this season,” Hincapie says. “I needed a new start and I believe with T-Mobile it’s a perfect team. I’ve seen other riders change teams and get stronger. I was set in my ways somewhat at Discovery Channel. I am looking forward to a new challenge.”