Wiggins is already a winner

Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins
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BRADLEY Wiggins is just one day away from discovering if he has been named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The Tour De France winner is one of the hot favourites for the title, being backed by ex-Team Sky rider Mark Cavendish and he has already been named Sportsman of the Year by the Sports Journalists’ Association.

But despite being catapulted into the showbiz world, he admits he hates the limelight and just wants to cycle and be with his family.

He said: “It’s only cycling. I love it - but that is all it is.”

He added that is was the thought of his children, Ben and Bella, who spurred him on to win his races, as he has their initials tattooed on his thumbs.

He said: “When I’m riding, I see them there in front of me on the handlebars.

“I think ‘this is why I am doing it - for them.’ It reminds me what’s important. I think to myself - this cycling is not life or death. I’m just riding a bike, so I’d better do it as fast as I can.”

The 32-year-old added that he was grateful to his wife, Shevington-born Catherine, who sacrificed a lot for his dream.

He said: “She’s very bright and she is my missus. It’s her turn next. I respect her a lot. She’ll have her turn.”

Always full of ambition, Bradley predicted his success and remembered telling his teachers when he was 12 that he would win the Tour De France and Olympics.