Bradley Wiggins set to race in 2017

British Cycling name former Tour de France winner on 2016/17 track roster

Bradley Wiggins' plans to retire at the end of the 2016 season look to be over after the former Tour de France winner and five-time Olympic Games gold medallist was named in British Cycling’s Great Britain Cycling Team Olympic Podium Programme for 2017.

Wiggins had strongly hinted that the Gent Six Day in November would be his final competitive outing but after winning the event with Mark Cavendish, the former Team Sky leader opened the door for racing next season.

"This will be the last time we race together for sure," Wiggins said of his partnership with Cavendish before adding: "Maybe not my last, individually. When you think of all that we've achieved together, it's incredible."

When pressed on his future at the Belgian track event, Wiggins added. "I'm not sure. I just want to enjoy this moment," he said. "I still have really good legs, so I don't want to say it's 100 per cent the end, and then make an announcement next week. At the moment, I'm just going to enjoy today."

The Gent Six was Wiggins' second competitive outing since the Rio Olympics, where he won gold as part of the British men's team pursuit squad. His post-Olympic celebrations were short-lived after the international hacking group, Fancy Bears, released his TUE history, which led to criticism and questions over his use of non-banned medical products in the build up to several key races, including the Tour de France in 2012.

It's unclear as to where Wiggins will race next season, however British Cycling's roster certainly indicates that he will have options should he wish to carry on.

Steve Burke, Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Chris Latham, Mark Stewart, Andy Tennant and Oliver Wood have also been named as part of the men's Olympic track programme.

In a statement released by British Cycling, Programmes director Andy Harrison said: "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.

"In particular, I'm pleased to see the strength and depth we have within the women’s road squad which has been bolstered by the additions Dani King, Nikki Brammeier and former mountain biker Alice Barnes, which paints a very different picture to where we were with this squad a couple of years ago.

"I'm also very happy with the pathway progression of the six academy riders who have stepped up from Senior Academy level and already we're seeing great results from the track riders."

Great Britain Cycling Team Olympic Podium Programme - 2016/17


Kyle Evans, Liam Phillips, Tre Whyte

Mountain bike
Grant Ferguson

Men's road
Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings, Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Alex Dowsett, Andrew Fenn, Chris Froome, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Simon Yates, Adam Yates, Peter Kennaugh, Geraint Thomas

Women's road

Lizzie Deignan, Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Nikki Brammeier, Dani King

Men's track endurance
Steve Burke, Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Chris Latham, Mark Stewart, Andy Tennant, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Oliver Wood

Women's track endurance
Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Emily Kay, Danni Khan, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Laura Kenny

Men's track sprint
Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny, Ryan Owens, Callum Skinner

Women's track sprint
Becky James, Katy Marchant, Victoria Williamson, Shanaze Reade

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