Sir Bradley Wiggins turned down Strictly Come Dancing in favour of The Jump 2017

Champion cyclist says Channel 4 winter sports contest is the ONLY reality show he'd do

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Retired Olympic cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed that he snubbed Strictly Come Dancing to join The Jump 2017.

Bradley set tongues wagging earlier this month when he announced he'd joined for Channel 4's extreme winter sport contest - even though it is one of the most dangerous shows on TV.

Last year it caused controversy after a whopping seven of its celebrity contestants had to withdraw due to horrific injuries.

But even more shockingly, Bradley has now revealed that The Jump is the ONLY reality show he wants to try.

"Strictly and all that asked but this is the only one I would do," he told The Sun.

"I definitely don’t fancy putting on any Strictly Lycra and sparkles. People go skiing and hurt themselves all the time."

The 36-year-old explained that The Jump's ability to attract huge names from the world of sport is what convinced him to sign up.

He said: "When I saw who else was coming on it, I could see there are some high-class sportspeople who have achieved so much, so that was definitely a factor."

Other athletes on the new series include Olympians Louis Smith and Jade Jones, Paralympian Kadeena Cox, and rugby players Gareth Thomas and Jason Robinson.

However, Bradley isn't discounting the less illustrious contestants - and singled out Made In Chelsea's Spencer Matthews as one to watch.

He added: "They are all competitive in their own right. Spencer is really competitive and has a good chance of winning it, he’s a good skier.

"It’s a good show and I’ve always enjoyed watching it, so I’m pleased to be here."

The Jump 2017 begins on Sunday at 7.30pm on Channel 4. The first show will see the celebs take on the parallel slalom.

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