Sir Bradley Wiggins signs up for The Jump after retiring from cycling

The Jump 2017: Bradley Wiggins has been confirmed for the new series of the ski competition [Getty]

The sportsman announced his retirement just last week but is already keen to get involved in his next project.

36 year old Bradley will star in the new series of the ski competition – famed for the injuries its contestants often suffer. 

The Tour De France champ said of his daring new venture: “Skiing is a big passion of mine.

“It was a mix of that and the other committed names this year that made me want to sign up.”

The Jump 2017: Contestant Bradley Wiggins recently announced his retirement from cycling [Getty]

The star will be joined by the likes of former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas, Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler.

Bradley seems up for the challenge of taking on his fellow sportsmen and women, saying: “From Jason Robinson and Robbie Fowler to Olympians Louis Smith and Jade Jones, these guys have excelled in the sporting arena and I have a lot of respect for them, they will be so competitive.

“Major retiring Olympians such as Sir Steve Redgrave have also trod this path, I see this as a sporting challenge and want to go out there and win it.”

He added: “Just don’t call me a celebrity.”

The Jump 2017: Sir Bradley Wiggins will hit the slopes alongside stars like Louis Smith and Spencer Matthews [Getty]

After winning his first Olympic medal in 2000, Bradley became the first Brit to win three Olympic medals at the same games since in 40 years 2004.

He went on to win a total of eight medals during his impressive career.

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Bradley became Britain’s first Tour de France winner in 2012 and won the Sports Personality of the Year award the same year.

It was recently reported that Bradley’s future cast mates Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams had been getting close while training for The Jump.

Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews is also taking to the slopes for the new series of The Jump [ITV]

Following the lothario’s split from girlfriend Morgane Robert, an insider revealed to The Sun that the pair were getting on “very well.”

They said: “Unsurprisingly given his ladies’ man reputation – he’s already been getting on very well with Vogue Williams who is also newly single.”

Vogue recently split from Laurence Fox, following his nine year marriage to Billie Piper.

The 38 year old confirmed his split with the model, admitting they’re “just great friends”.

Vogue Williams and Laurence Fox recently confirmed their split [Vogue Williams/Instagram]

He told MailOnline: “We’re just really great mates.

“We have always just been good mates before [meeting on] Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and we continue to be really great mates.

“There’s nothing else really to say, but we’re just great friends.”

The Jump returns on January 31 on Channel 4.


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