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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." 

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BRADLEY WIGGINS

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01.11.2015 @ 15:00 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Many presumed that Bradley Wiggins would stop racing after the Rio Olympics next summer, but the Brit says he hasn’t given it much thought but that a December 2016 retirement date is more likely.

 

"I'm fully in the track zone now, so I'm not really thinking about retirement, I'm just enjoying it at the moment," Wiggins told The Telegraph newspaper in an interview.

 

"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 says he feels refreshed being back on the track and the incentive of chasing another gold medal for his country has really motivated him.

 

"It's been refreshing coming back to the track. 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. It felt like I was waiting to check out of work at five o'clock, 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."

 

Wiggins revealed that he isn’t just going to ride the track in 2016, with stints at the Dubai Tour and Tour of California with Team Wiggins also on the cards as he seeks endurance training for the Olympics.

 

"I'll be racing at the Tour of Dubai at the start of next year and then in May the Tour of California. I'm supposed to have retired from the road, but here I am going back," Wiggins told The Telegraph. “It's more for the team really, we have good riders like Owain 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. It's a change of role for me. The racing, too, helps with what we want to do on the track. That said, I don't want to be racing 100 days on the road, I've finished with that.”

 

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