Sir Bradley Wiggins has drawn his illustrious Olympic career to an end, going out on a high with a gold medal as part of Great Britain’s team pursuit squad. His latest gold medal adds to his previous seven Olympic medals, making Wiggins Britain’s most decorated Olympian in history.
The 36-year-old has already ruled out an Olympic return at the Tokyo 2020 Games, but he is not quite ready to call it a day just yet.
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Wiggins will make a last 2016 road appearance in September at the Tour of Britain with his Team Wiggins outfit, before switching back to the track for the Six Day London and Ghent Six Day meetings with Madison world champion partner Mark Cavendish in the autumn.
“My last race will be the Ghent Six Day with Cav. I’m not going to Tokyo. I’d love to, but I want to finish on a high, I don’t want to go into another Olympic cycle.”
Wiggins has said that he has had enough of the strict regime of endless training and sacrifices to his family life that comes with getting ready for another Olympic Games.
“Those next two years would be horrible, you know, going back to Manchester and them early mornings in December with crap skinsuits and crap helmets. They only bring the nice kit out once every four years. Nah.”
Wiggins won the Tour of Britain in 2013 with Team Sky, the year after winning the Tour de France and claiming a gold medal at the London 2012 Games in the road time trial. However, it is highly unlikely that he will go for the victory, instead savouring the end of his career in front of a home crowd.
Wiggins was born in Ghent, Belgium, as his father, Gary, was a track rider specialising in Six Day events and was based in the city. He then moved to London at an early age, and describes himself as a Londoner.
“I’m going do the Tour of Britain because I’m going do a couple of six days. We won the world Madison title and I have to go back to my next historical base, the Ghent Six Day, which is where I want to end it.
“It’s my first memory as a child, being there with my dad when he was racing. The place hasn’t changed and it will be a nice end to my career, back where I was born and where it all started.”
After the 2016 season has drawn to a close, it is unclear what Wiggins will do next. Previously, he has said that he will continue to support the development of riders in Team Wiggins, and spend more time with his family.
Where to watch Wiggo
Tour of Britain (September 4-11)
Six Day London (October 25-30)
Ghent Six Day (November 15-20)