Sir Bradley Wiggins on why he’s had 'the time of my life’ on The Jump despite injury
Sir Bradley Wiggins says he had the ‘time of my life’ on The Jump (Picture: PA/Channel 4)

Sir Bradley Wiggins has had the ‘time of his life’ making new friends on The Jump – despite injury forcing him to hang up his ski boots prematurely.

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The 36-year-old Olympic cyclist was understandably ‘gutted’ after a fractured leg saw his exit from the Channel 4 reality programme earlier in February.

While he very briefly continued to compete on the slopes, Sunday night’s episode revealed things were far worse than expected.

‘This morning I’ve woken up quite sore so we’re just going to get an X-ray and get a bit more information on it,’ he said during the pre-recorded training.

Wiggins explained to host Davina McCall he was diagnosed with a ‘non-displaced’ fracture – or ‘in layman’s terms’ would be out of the competition and off the skis completely for at least three to six weeks.

But he’d most fondly remember making new friends from ‘all walks of life’.

‘I’ve had the time of my life. It’s been great meeting people from all different walks of life really,’ he said on Sunday night’s episode.

‘I’ve been so used to cycling for so many years and just hanging around with cyclists and just to meet some other people, it’s been really good.’

One lucky ski bunny who is still in the running to win the competition is Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews.

The 27-year-old dislocated his shoulder in an agonising training accident, caused when Spenny swerved to miss another contestant, crashing into a barrier net.

The reality star confirmed on Twitter on Friday he’d still be competing on the slopes.

Undated handout photo issued by Channel 4 of (left to right) Gareth Thomas, Caprice Bourret, Jade Jones MBE, Lydia Bright, Kadeena Cox MBE, Spencer Mathews, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Vogue Williams, Robbie Fowler, Mark Dolan, Louis Smith, Emma Parker-Bowles, Josie Gibson and Jason Robinson OBE, the contestants in this year's Channel 4 reality sport show, The Jump. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday January 29, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Jump. Photo credit should read: Steve Brown/Channel 4/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
This year’s bunch on The Jump (L-R) are Gareth Thomas, Caprice Bourret, Jade Jones MBE, Lydia Bright, Kadeena Cox MBE, Spencer Mathews, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Vogue Williams, Robbie Fowler, Mark Dolan, Louis Smith, Emma Parker-Bowles, Josie Gibson and Jason Robinson OBE (Picture: Channel 4)

Less enthusiastic than Spencer was Robbie Fowler, who became the third contestant to leave the 2017 competition, joining Vogue Williams who didn’t even make it out of the starting gate.

The Jump may hold a record for racking up the most amount of celebrity injuries as there’s been quite a lot of them, even prompting producers to temporarily ‘board up’ the ski slopes in 2016 for safety checks.

A string of last year’s participants – including Rebecca Adlington, Beth Tweddle, Mark-Francis Vandelli and Tina Hobley – were forced to pull out of the show after they were injured during training and competition.

The Jump continues tonight at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

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