Wiggins set to leave Sky under the most difficult conditions

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He’s one of Britain’s best road cyclists in recent times, and now it seems Sir Bradley Wiggins is preparing to write a new chapter in his career story after this weekend’s Paris-Roubaix.

The 2013 Tour de France winner is set to leave Team Sky after the next race and forge a career in an outfit baring his own name.

Having claimed Tours, Olympic gold medals and World Championships, there is no doubting the London man’s exploits in the Team Sky finery, but he’s certainly picked a tough race to bow out on.

Nicknamed The Hell of the North, Paris-Roubaix’s cobbles have found many a great cyclist out, with several commenting on the difficulty of one of cycling’s ‘Monuments’.

Even winners have complained about the stress it put on their bodies with 1981 victor Bernard Hinault succinctly remarking; “Paris-Roubaix is bullsh*t”.

But it is not just those famous cobbles that could catch Wiggins out as he bids to bow out in style for his current team, with some rather unusual hazards causing anarchy in the past.

The wildlife

No, not a rogue deer, or a brave rabbit as the peloton thunder through the countryside, but a rather inquisitive golden retriever.


The camera crew

Fabian Cancellarra thought he was making a fantastic move to shoot past a few of his rivals, that was until a motor-bike carrying camera crew got in his way…

The fans

Cycling fans may well enjoy getting into the spirit of things during a lot of the big races, but most of those on two wheels would probably wish they stayed off the roads…

Their own indecisiveness

Keeping your mind sharp will always be important with so many riders hurtling at 40kph, as proven in 2013. If only Yoann Offredo could just decide which side to go round this raised traffic island…

Each other

So often in cycling, when one comes down, so do a few others. So when a rider comes down right in front of you at 40kph and you have nowhere to go, it’s probably fair to assume what follows will hurt…

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.