Bradley Wiggins will partner Erik Zabel at the Dortmund and Munich six-day events this winter in what are set to be the German veteran?s final races.
Wiggins heads to Dortmund in northern Germany on October 28 for the event that starts on the 30th, meaning he misses the three-day Manchester world cup that starts the following day.
The Olympic champion at both the individual and team pursuit, Wiggins was supposed to partner compatriot Geraint Thomas, but was then promoted in to what should be the top pairing at both events.
?I was going to ride with G, in which case I wouldn?t have minded letting him down, but I can?t let Zabel down, so I had to get back out on my bike,? Wiggins said at his book launch in London?s Piccadilly yesterday.
?I?ve kept generally fit really [since Beijing]. I enjoy doing it now, I enjoy going out on my bike whereas I didn?t enjoy riding my bike four years ago. I had two weeks off after the Olympics, so it was good to get seven or eight days racing at the Tour of Britain, and then I just kept riding my bike since.
?You do so much during the year, things like the Giro, that takes months to go away. As long as you keep touching on it, it never goes away.?
The Brit has ridden with many of the six day riders throughout his career, that culminated in a win at the Ghent six with Matthew Gilmore in 2003, but has never ridden with Zabel. ?I?ve never even spoken to him, he?s quite an aloof person,? he said.
Wiggins, who slumped in the Olympic Madison following a grueling schedule in the individual and team pursuits, will now have to get back up to speed to partner Zabel who will be expected to perform well in front of home crowds in what will basically be his farewell events.
After the Munich six-day Wiggins will fly to Boulder, Colorado to meet up with his new Garmin-Chipotle team mates for their first training camp. Last year the Slipstream camp included rock climbing, pensions seminars and cake baking competitions.
Grenoble: Oct 23 - 28
Dortmund: Oct 30 ? Nov 4
Milan: Nov 4 ? 9
Munich: Nov 6 ? 11
Ghent: Nov 18 ? 23
Noorden: Nov 24 ? 29
Zurich: Dec 11 ? 16
Rotterdam: Jan 2 ? 7
Bremen: Jan 8 ? 13
Stuttgart: Jan 15 ? 20
Berlin: Jan 22 ? 27
Copenhagen: Jan 29 - Feb 3
Cremona: Feb 6 ? 11
Hasselt: 17 - 22
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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers.
Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!
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