OKBET 007 : Ben Wiggins may feel the weight of trying to live up to his famous father’s accomplishments in cycling, but that isn’t stopping him from setting lofty goals for his own promising future. The teen has his sights set on being a junior world champion on the road and track in 2023, and eventually hopes to win the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix as a professional.
Ben Wiggins, in his first full season of junior racing, has tried to avoid being compared to his father, Bradley, who won the Tour de France in 2012. While speaking to the Belgian media at the t’Kuipke velodrome, where he is in the ‘future’ field at the Gent Six Day, an event that is important to him and his family, he was more forthright in describing his cycling goals.
“My dad always loved racing here. His grandfather and great-grandfather also raced here, making this the third generation of Wiggins drivers to compete there “Ben Wiggins disclosed to Sporza.
“There’s something magical about this location. For serious cyclists, this is the Holy Grail. After his 2016 victory with Cav, I decided to stop by. My father has a lot of good memories here, and I’ve heard many tales. In a word, it’s complicated. Just entering gave me the chills. The vibe here is unlike anyplace else in the world. Something unique about it.”
Like his famous dad, Ben Wiggins races on both the track and the road. He won the European junior points championship earlier this year and has been touring Europe with Tom Pidcock’s father’s Fensham Howes-Mas junior squad to gain valuable experience.
There is “a lot of strain” and “quite a lot of difficulty,” he said, but he added, “it comes with a lot of benefits as well.” However, he wasn’t afraid to shoot for the stars.
“One of my objectives for the next year is to win the Junior World Road and Track Championships. It’s a huge undertaking, but then again, if your goals aren’t large, there’s not much purpose. I am quite confident in my own abilities, “A statement he said.
“I take like my father in certain ways, but I also resemble my grandfather, Gary. Both my dad and I are tall and lean, but I am taller and heavier. Since I’m still a child, I don’t feel ready to define myself. When he was younger, many claimed my dad wouldn’t be able to climb. I’m in it to win it, so let’s give it a go.”
What about those far-off goals? “In a perfect world I’d be the greatest ever,” Wiggins remarked.
“My goal is to become world champion and to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. I also want to win in Flanders and Roubaix. Ideally, you’ll be able to achieve even greater heights and size. I believe I possess the drive and determination necessary to achieve my goals in this area. Okay, so just keep an eye on me.”