London: Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has said he is comfortable being a role model for kids as a sportsperson, but not as a man.
Wiggins said he could not be happier about the prospect of inspiring a new generation of cyclists and athletes, but as a human being he doesn’t wants to be seen in the similar light as he has made lots of mistakes in his life.
“I think that’s fantastic. That’s why I’m here today because I was inspired by people like that,” a daily quoted Wiggins, as saying.
“Hopefully someone will have watched my performance in the time trial on Saturday and said ‘I want to be like Brad Wiggins, I want to go and ride my local time trial this weekend.’ It’s nice because you are actually doing something with your life that is inspirational,” he added.
“I remember watching Chris Boardman win the Olympics in 1992 and getting out on my bike on that summer’s evening and pretending I was him. That’s what it’s all about,” he said.
Wiggins further said: “I’m comfortable as a role model in a sporting sense. I don’t want to be a role model as a person. At the end of the day I’m only human. I make mistakes like everyone in life. I don’t want to break people’s perception of me if I do something they don’t like.”
“You only have to get hurried along by a gendarme and not sign some poor little kid’s autograph and they have a different perception of you then. It’s that I struggle with. But in a sporting sense, fire away. Love me to bits,’ he concluded.