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Wiggins could race on in 2017

Wiggins could race on in 2017

The 36-year-old five-time Olympic champion and 2012 Tour de France victor had long suggested 2016 would be his final year as a competitive cyclist but has hinted at possibly continuing in recent weeks.

"In a year which has seen some fantastic performances from the Great Britain Cycling Team, the bar for programme membership remains high and we have a very strong podium programme squad to lead us into the next Olympic cycle", British Cycling's programmes director Andy Harrison said.

The programme supports the country's elite cyclists on the road to major competitions like the world championships and Olympic Games.

Wiggins had suggested he would retire after Rio 2016 but, having claimed team pursuit gold in Brazil and gone on to win the Six Days of Ghent, he hinted he may continue.

"Bradley Wiggins is continuing to consider the direction of his future", British Cycling said on Twitter.

He was embroiled in subsequent controversy when Russian hackers revealed he had applied for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to use a banned corticosteroid prior to his 2012 Tour de France victory and two other road races in 2011 and 2013 when he rode for Team Sky. Much as my heart wants to, my head is saying no. "It's easy now sitting here with all the glory of winning to think: 'Yeah let's do it all again, ' but I wouldn't like at any moment next year to think: 'Stupid idiot, why did he carry on?"