Local cyclist Bradley Wiggins gears up for Olympics after France victory

Champion: Bradley Wiggins, from Eccleston, is the first British winner of the Tour de France

Champion: Bradley Wiggins, from Eccleston, is the first British winner of the Tour de France

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Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was greeted as he arrived back at his family home in Eccleston on Monday.

He said he was planning some respite, riding around the lanes of Chorley, before refocusing on the Olympic Games.

He said: “It will be nice to ride along with a bit of peace and quiet, enjoying riding the bike without all these idiots on motorbikes taking photos of you.

“I love cycling. I’ll always be riding my bike. I come from a cycling family.

“I’ll probably be there in 20 years’ time, marshalling on the corner somewhere for a local 10km.”

“I’m having a couple of easy days at home with the family to get over it all, then I’ll drive down to prepare for the Olympics on Wednesday or Thursday.”

Wiggins’ next aim will be to help Mark Cavendish win the London 2012 Olympic road race on Saturday’s opening day, before seeking personal success in the Hampton Court time-trial on day five of the Games.

He said: “I love that whole process of going out, warming up, getting in the zone, out there flying along the road.

“That’s what I love doing. It’s how I’ve ridden all year. I could have switched off after Paris-Nice.

“But you forget about it, move on to the next thing.”