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Wiggins to continue riding into 2017?

Martin James
1 Dec 2016

Sir Brad's inclusion in Olympic podium programme squad leaves door open

Sir Bradley Wiggins has been named in British Cycling’s 2016-17 podium programme for 2016-17, fuelling rumours that the five-time Olympic champion could reverse his decision to retire from competitive cycling at the end of the year.

Wiggins’s appearance at the Ghent Six Day in November had been billed as his last competitive appearance in the sport.

However, his inclusion as one of eight riders in BC’s men’s track endurance squad today confirms that Wiggins is still considering his future.

The Olympic podium programme is the group of British riders that benefit from public funding and support. Wiggins won gold for TeamGB in the men’s team pursuit in Rio earlier this year, riding alongside Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Steven Burke.

Clancy and Burke are also named in the list, while Doull has been included in the men’s road squad as he switches his focus to the road with Team Sky in 2017.

In releasing the list, a British Cycling spokesperson said Wiggins’s inclusion was by no means confirmation that the 2012 Tour de France winner would definitely continue to ride into 2017.

Flexibility

‘Sir Bradley Wiggins is continuing to consider the direction of his future and we are happy to give him the flexibility to allow him to do that,’ the spokesperson said.

Wiggins’s Rio success with TeamGB over the summer marked a natural high point for Sir Bradley to round off a career that saw him enjoy consistent success on both the road and track.

However, a month later Wiggins was back in the headlines when data leaked by the Fancy Bears hacker group revealed he had received therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to use otherwise banned substances ahead of three Grand Tours, including his 2012 Tour de France win.

Wiggins had originally planned to retire after the London Six Day in October, but then agreed to race in Ghent last month, saying it would be a more appropriate way to call time on his career, given that he was born in Belgium and his first memories of the sport had been watching his father compete at the event.

No final decision

But after claiming victory in the Madison with partner Mark Cavendish, Wiggins said he still hadn’t made a final decision on his future.

‘I’m not sure. I just want to enjoy this moment,’ Wiggins said.

‘I still have really good legs, so I don't want to say it's 100 per cent the end, and then make an announcement next week. At the moment, I'm just going to enjoy today.’

Head to the British Cycling website for the full Olympic podium programme squad

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