Team Wiggins Le Col

Team Wiggins Le Col (UCI team code: WGN), also known as Team Wiggins in media, was a professional developmental cycling team based in the United Kingdom, which began competing in elite road bicycle racing and track cycling in 2015. The team folded at the end of the 2019 season after completing the Tour of Britain.[1]

Team Wiggins Le Col
Team information
UCI codeWGN
RegisteredUnited Kingdom
Founded2014 (2014)
Disbanded2019 (2019)
Discipline(s)Road & track
StatusUCI Continental
BicyclesPinarello
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerRobert Dodds
Andrew McQuaid
Bradley Wiggins
Team manager(s)Simon Cope
Team name history
2014–2018
2019
WIGGINS
Team Wiggins Le Col
Team Wiggins Le Col jersey
Jersey

Team historyEdit

 
The WIGGINS team at the 2015 Grand Prix Pino Cerami

The team was founded by Bradley Wiggins, after much speculation in the latter part of the 2014 road season, in order to better facilitate his return to the track as part of his preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games.[2][3]

The team has a reported budget of £460,000 which is comparable to JLT–Condor and Madison-Genesis. According to Cycling Weekly the team's management comprises Robert Dodds (president of XIX Entertainment, and Wiggins's manager), Andrew McQuaid (rider agent and director of Trinity Sports Management) and Wiggins himself. The team appointed former Wiggle–Honda DS Simon Cope as its first directeur sportif .[4]

For the team's inaugural season the team began with eight full-time riders, with Wiggins joining on 1 May 2015. Those eight were Steven Burke, Mark Christian, Jonathan Dibben, Owain Doull, Daniel Patten, Iain Paton, Andy Tennant and Michael Thompson.[4][5] These eight riders are supplemented by riders from the British Academy on a race to race basis. On 5 January 2015 the team was officially awarded its UCI Continental licence.[6]

In March 2015, Bradley Wiggins confirmed that he would make his debut with the team at the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire at the start of May.[7] In 2016, he entered the Tour De Yorkshire with his team and dropped out in the first stage.[8] WIGGINS was not invited to the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire.[9] In 2018 following the collapse of Team Aqua Blue Sport, Team Wiggins participated at short notice in the 2018 Tour of Britain.[10] Tom Pidcock was the team's highest placed rider in the race at 17th in the General Classification.

In November 2018 the team filed paperwork with Companies House which indicated that XIX Entertainment no longer held a 40 percent stake in the team, and that this share had been transferred to Wiggins' firm, Wiggins Right Limited.[11]

In August 2019, Wiggins announced that the team would closing down at the end of the year.[12]

SponsorshipEdit

 
One of Team WIGGINS' Jaguar XF support cars

Sky, along with British Cycling, will sponsor and support the team.[13] The team's kit was initially produced by Rapha.[14] but as of 2018 the team switched to use Le Col as their clothing supplier. In December 2018 Wiggins announced that Le Col would step up to becoming the team's co-title sponsor for 2019, with the team being known as Team Wiggins Le Col.[15] The team use Pinarello bikes equipped with Zipp, Fizik, Elite and SRAM components.[16]

Final rosterEdit

As of 30 September 2019.[17]
Rider Date of birth
  Lawrence Carpenter (GBR) (1993-08-02)2 August 1993 (aged 26)
  Mark Christian (GBR) (1990-11-20)20 November 1990 (aged 28)
  Gabriel Cullaigh (GBR) (1996-04-08)8 April 1996 (aged 23)
  Mark Donovan (GBR) (1999-04-03)3 April 1999 (aged 20)
  James Fouché (NZL) (1998-03-28)28 March 1998 (aged 21)
  Ben Healy (IRL) (2000-09-11)11 September 2000 (aged 19)
  Samuel Jenner (AUS) (1997-04-02)2 April 1997 (aged 22)
  Corentin Navarro (FRA) (1997-11-29)29 November 1997 (aged 21)
Rider Date of birth
  Michael O'Loughlin (IRL) (1997-02-14)14 February 1997 (aged 22)
  Tom Pidcock (GBR) (1999-07-30)30 July 1999 (aged 20)
  Callum Riley (GBR) (1994-09-22)22 September 1994 (aged 25)
  Oliver Robinson (GBR) (1999-03-30)30 March 1999 (aged 20)
  Jacques Sauvagnargues (GBR) (1999-09-24)24 September 1999 (aged 20)
  Robert Scott (GBR) (1998-07-24)24 July 1998 (aged 21)
  Daniel Tullett (GBR) (1999-07-03)3 July 1999 (aged 20)

Major winsEdit

National, continental and world championsEdit

2015
  British U23 Road Race, Owain Doull
  British Track (Individual pursuit), Andy Tennant
  UEC European Track (Team pursuit) Bradley Wiggins
2016
  World Track (Points race), Jonathan Dibben
  World Track (Madison), Bradley Wiggins
  British U23 Time Trial, Scott Davies
  Olympic Games (Team pursuit), Steven Burke, Owain Doull & Bradley Wiggins
  Olympic Games (Team Sprint), Philip Hindes
2017
  British U23 Time Trial, Scott Davies
2018
  British U23 Road Race, Robert Scott
  New Zealand U23 Road Race, James Fouche
  Irish U23 Time Trial, Michael O'Loughlin
2019
  New Zealand Road Race, James Fouche
  New Zealand U23 Road Race, James Fouche
  New Zealand U23 Time Trial, James Fouche
  Irish U23 Time Trial, Michael O'Loughlin

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Wiggins Le Col set to fold". CyclingNews. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Sir Bradley and Team Wiggins: How it might work". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ "More details emerge on Team Wiggins". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b Bull, Nick (15 December 2014). "Team Wiggins: jersey and full details revealed". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Andy Tennant and Mark Christian to ride for Team Wiggins in 2015?". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ Bull, Nick (5 January 2015). "Team Wiggins granted UCI licence". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ Bull, Nick (13 March 2015). "Wiggins gets green light to join new team in May and ride Tour de Yorkshire". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Tour de Yorkshire: Sir Bradley Wiggins quits as Groenewegen wins stage one". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Team Wiggins 'surprised' by Tour de Yorkshire omission". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Tour of Britain 2018: Team Wiggins added after Aqua Blue Sport withdraw". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  11. ^ Pitt, Vern (30 November 2018). "Bradley Wiggins takes full control of Team Wiggins". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Team founded by Sir Bradley Wiggins will close down at end of year". 24 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  13. ^ "WIGGINS team confirmed for 2015". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  14. ^ Ballard, Tom (18 February 2015). "Rapha to produce WIGGINS team kit". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  15. ^ Ballinger, Alex (5 December 2018). "Team Wiggins unveils new co-title sponsor for 2019". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  16. ^ Benson, Daniel (27 April 2015). "Exclusive gallery: Bradley Wiggins' new Pinarello race bike". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Team Wiggins Le Col (CT)»2019". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 30 September 2019.

External linksEdit

Official website