The 2012 Tour de France winner says he will probably continue on to the Ghent Six Day at the end of 2016
Bradley Wiggins could race through the end of 2016 instead of stopping after the 2016 Olympic Games next summer in Rio de Janeiro. It is ‘likely’ he will continue and race several track events.
The 35-year-old is in Cali, Colombia, preparing for the first World Cup of the season. Afterwards, he will go on to the World Championships and race a handful of road events in 2016.
“I’ll be racing at the Tour of Dubai at the start of next year and then in May the Tour of California,” Wiggins told Telegraph Sport.
“I’m supposed to have retired from the road, but here I am going back. It’s more for the team really, we [Team Wiggins] have good riders like Owain [Doull] and Scott Davies and the others, so it’s good to be there helping them out, just like we did at the Tour of Britain.
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“The likelihood is that I’ll retire in December 2016, rather than stop in Rio. I’d like to come back and do events like the Revolution Series, the London Six and the Ghent Six Day. I’d like to go back to Ghent because it will be 18 years since I first rode it, so I’d love to go back – I’d be completing the circle if you like.”
Wiggins would then end his career in November instead of August at the Rio Games. This year’s Ghent Six Day runs from November 17 to 22.
After leaving Sky following Paris-Roubaix to join his own team, Team Wiggins, he raced a few select road races. Wiggins joined his team, mostly riders in their 20s, at the Tour de Yorkshire, the RideLondon-Surrey Classic and the Tour of Britain.
Wiggins, however, will not be racing 100 days on the road in 2016. “I’ve finished with that,” he said.
He just finished the European Championships where he helped Great Britain win the gold medal in the team pursuit. In Cali, they are building for the Rio Games. Wiggins said that their aim is a time of 3-50 minutes.
“I’m fully in the track zone now, so I’m not really thinking about retirement,” Wiggins added.
“I think with the road I was getting to the stage where I was thinking ‘This is my last Paris-Nice, my last Tour of Flanders’ and it started to feel a little mundane, sort of clock watching.
“Whereas with this – the track – I’m just enjoying it. I was going to stop after Rio, but now I think I’d just love to carry on doing events throughout the winter.”