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Bradley Wiggins hasn't spoken to Mark Cavendish since Beijing Olympics

Double Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins has revealed that he hasn't spoken to Mark Cavendish after the pair failed to even win a Madison medal in Beijing velodrome.

Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins: Bradley Wiggins hasn't spoken to Mark Cavendish to since Beijing Olympics
In happier times: Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins celebrate winning the Madison at the World Championships this spring Photo: Getty Images

Speaking to the Guardian, Wiggins admitted that he had been struggling to give his all in the event after winning gold in the individual and team pursuits, and the pair finished only eighth despite being reigning World Champions.

Wiggins said: "Cav is like my little brother and I love him dearly. But we left the stadium without saying a word to each other and we've yet to speak."

The Belgium-born cyclist, who also won gold, silver and bronze in Athens, admits the result in Beijing was a shock to both of them.

"We should have been good enough to win the Madison but in the past I've always been the leader so it was weird when the roles were reversed.

"All through the race he kept on saying, 'Brad, what's going on?' and I'd be telling him, 'Put me out there,' because I didn't have the legs to attack. But if he attacked I'd have the legs to keep up."

"I was knackered but he was a bit cocky. Who wouldn't be when you're 22, you've just won four Tour stages and you're riding with a double Olympic champion? He thought we'd piss all over it but the reality was different."

The two went their separate ways after the race and Wiggins is aware that the situation was less than ideal.

He said: "I came off the track and downed a couple of beers straight away. He went the other way and so I proceeded to get blind drunk with my wife and friends. It was a disappointing end to a fantastic Games and I like to think he doesn't hate me now.

"I'll pick up the phone soon and, in this modern age, I'll probably send him a text and see how it goes from there."

Then the two friends can start to plan for London 2012, and an assault on the Tour de France with the emergence of a British team in the next couple of years.




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