Wiggins relishing track return alongside Cavendish


Bradley Wiggins hopes his almost telepathic connection with Mark Cavendish can help the pair enjoy madison success at the upcoming UCI Track World Championships.

The British cycling stars will make their first World Championship appearances since 2008 - when they won madison gold together - as they look to tune up for the Olympic Games in Rio.

Wiggins - who Cavendish considers as his brother - has won six gold medals at the Worlds earlier in his career is eyeing another victory in London to mark his competitive return to the track.

"We haven't ridden at the worlds since 2008. But I think we are both looking forward to the opportunity to try and win a world title again in the UK which will be nice," the 2012 Tour de France winner told Omnisport.

"We've always had a bit of a, I wouldn't say telepathic... but I know what he is, how he is feeling by those small moments when you are changing in a madison. 

"Or you can sense by the power of him pulling off you, just how he is feeling or he'll say to me that I need a lap out. 

"We've been in a lot of good experiences together on the road, on the Champs d'Elysees a couple of years ago leading out across the Place de la Concorde, watching him come up in the world championship jersey and winning the world title.

"So over the last 10, 12 years there's been a lot of successful occasions together. Hopefully this will be another one."

Both men know repeating their 2008 success will not be easy given the level of competition on show next week, but Cavendish believes their riding styles provide them with an advantage.

"We dominated so much is 2008, [but] it's not similar now," said the Manxman "We're kind of in different places now, but I think as a team we do complement each other real well.

"He is faster now like he is, well he can just keep on going and stay at a high pace for a long time and then if we get the timing right then it's about the sprint and it's quite important in a madison.

"Brad is one of the best bike riders in history, so that's a good thing. You know you're always going to get - apart from in Beijing - everything from him."

Wiggins added: "The Madison is such a lottery at the end of the day. We know we've got the legs to win it, which is why we are riding it, but so much has to happen through the race as well to be in that position and obviously the hype around the pair of us riding. 

"We're going to have 16 teams sat on us watching our every move and that is going to go against us."