Jody Cundy gets London 2012 inspiration from Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France win
PARALYMPIC champion Jody Cundy says Britain’s first victory in the Tour de France has helped inspire him to go for gold at London 2012.
The 33-year-old, who will defend his 1km Time Trial (kilo) title at the Paralympic Games, said TeamGB had been boosted by Bradley Wiggins’ historic win on Sunday.
“We’ve watched the Tour de France and it’s been very inspiring,” said Cundy, from Walpole St Andrew.
“It’s a great time to be part of British Cycling and it’s set the mood for what will hopefully be an amazing Olympics and Paralympics.
“All of us know we’re in a really good position and we just can’t wait for the Games to start.
“If you watch anybody succeed then all you want to do is continue that. It has motivated me to retain my title and show the world what I can do.”
Cundy, who won 23 medals as a swimmer before switching his attention to the velodrome, is one of only a handful of athletes to have become a Paralympic champion in more than one sport.
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His bid for London 2012 glory will begin on August 31, with the kilo. He will also compete in the 4km Pursuit and, if selected, the Team Sprint.
Cundy said: “I want to defend my title in the kilo - that’s what’s most important to me.
“The pursuit has always been a bit of a bonus event but if I can get to one of the medal rides, I think the whole strength of the event might pull me through.
“In the Team Sprint, I think it will be a straight out race between us and the Chinese.”
Cundy shrugged off any suggestion that his home Games would be the swansong of his career.
“The next two years are important to me,” he said. “I’m still enjoying my sport and I feel like I can give more to it.
“After two years I will make a decision. If I’m still enjoying it, I’m in good shape and the desire is still there then I’ll think about Rio in 2016.”