Bradley Wiggins signs up for a reality show, a week after retiring

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Bradley Wiggins signs up for a reality show, a week after retiring

Channel 4 has announced the completed line-up for this year's series of 'The Jump', with Sir Bradley Wiggins the final contestant to be named.

"2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, "feet on the ground, head in the clouds" kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances'!"

Wiggins - who retired from cycling six days ago - will compete against fellow Olympic medal winners Louis Smith and Jade Jones, sportsmen Gareth Thomas, Jason Robinson OBE and Robbie Fowler, and Paralympian Kadeena Cox.

Four-time Paralympic medallist Kadeena Cox, victor of gold medals in both athletics and cycling at Rio 2016, is another contestant.

Sir Bradley said: "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".

This year's line-up is to include retired cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins, retired Welsh worldwide rugby player Gareth Thomas, former footballer Robbie Fowler and Jason Robinson OBE - the former English rugby union captain.

However Wiggins doesn't seem to have been put off swapping two wheels for two skis, saying that he sees the show as "a sporting challenge" that he wants to "go out there and win".

Other familiar faces include The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright, reality TV star Josie Gibson, TV presenter Emma Parker-Bowles and model Caprice Bourret.

"Just don't call me a celebrity".

The latter is the niece of the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla.

Channel 4 has pulled off a casting masterstroke - by enticing champion cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins to join The Jump 2017.

However, Wiggins will be dicing with danger as he takes on the programme's notoriously tough challenges, as stars including former athletes including Rebecca Adlington and Beth Tweddle have suffered serious injuries while competing in the show.

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