Rio 2016 Olympics: What's Niggling Sir Bradley Wiggins?

Sir Bradley Wiggins
Sir Bradley Wiggins at the Velodrome, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 11. Wiggins appears to have been niggled before competing at the Olympics. GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty

Sir Bradley Wiggins may be aiming for a fifth Olympic gold and record eighth medal in Rio on Friday night but the Briton seems to have been irked in the lead up.

Wiggins will be joined by Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull for the team pursuit at the Velodrome, with the quartet qualifying fastest Thursday night.

But the 36-year-old reacted angrily after being summoned by officials to measure the bars of his bike as he made a gesture with his hand, according to The Times.

It was not the first time the former Tour de France winner has expressed himself with his hands, having sent the middle finger to the sky as photographers snapped him arriving home after a crash in 2012.

Mark Cavendish, a Team GB sprint great, also highlighted that Wiggins had been niggled leading up to competing at Rio 2016.

In an interview with Sky Sports, he said: "Especially Brad, he has been super stressed. He wants to be the hero and all that."