Wiggins' rowing debut ends in disappointment

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Retired former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was back in a velodrome but not on two wheels as his competitive rowing debut ended in disappointment on Saturday.

Wiggins, the five-times Olympic cycling champion who is considering a switch to rowing with an eye on Tokyo 2020, finished 21st in the British Indoor Rowing Championships.

Seated on an ergometer the bearded 37-year-old took on some of Britain's best rowers in the elite 2-kilometre race at the London Velodrome but trailed home in six minutes 22.5 seconds.

Wiggins, the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012, had his rhythm broken early on when he thought he had false-started and shook his head in disappointment as he walked off.

Two-times Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell, who is mentoring Wiggins in his new venture, said he expected his charge to continue in his quest despite failing to get close to the six minute five seconds target he had set himself.

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