London - British
cycling great Bradley Wiggins has promised to return to rowing despite
making a "schoolboy error" in thinking he had made a false start in the
British Rowing Indoor Championships on Saturday.
Five-time Olympic cycling champion Wiggins - who became Britain's
first ever Tour de France winner in 2012 - paused early in the elite
men's 2km event, which was rowed on machines commonly used in
gyms at the Lee Valley velodrome, the scene of some of his most
Wiggins timed 6:22.5, well outside his target, to finish 21st of 99 competitors
"Huge disappointment today!" he wrote on Instagram.
"Upon hearing a call in the background, I thought the race had false started so I put my oar down."
Wiggins has professed a desire to compete in rowing at the 2020
Olympic Games in Tokyo and remains undeterred despite Saturday's
"School boy error but hey we live & learn as my plan was 6.02.
Fantastic experience racing with everyone, will come back 12 months
stronger next year!"
His rowing mentor two-time Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell said
there was no way Wiggins would want to end his sporting career on that
"He'll be hurting a lot, but he won't leave it like that. He doesn't want to go out on failure," said Cracknell.
"He'll regard that as failing to achieve his target and he'll make sure he comes back and does it better."