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“There might be other opportunities. They might ask me to present [BBC football programme] Match of the Day. If I haven’t got a job by next year I will keep racing.”

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16.12.2015 @ 13:48 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Bradley Wiggins is likety to again postpone his retirement. The 35-year-old Briton has already changed his original plan to retire immdiately after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and is now considering to ride a few road races with his Wiggins team in 2017.

 

“I will see how I feel this time next year,” Wiggins told the Guardian. “There might be other opportunities. They might ask me to present [BBC football programme] Match of the Day. If I haven’t got a job by next year I will keep racing.”

 

Wiggins is still focused on the Olympics and will ride on the road at the Tour of California and the Dubai Tour to prepare for the big event. After his ride in Brazil, he plans to do the Tour of Britain and the Six-Days of Ghent and London.

 

But now Wiggins who rides for his own continental team, opens the door for 2017 too.  “I will keep training – I don’t see why I would stop doing that – and I might slip into the odd race that is easy to do, like a player-manager. I don’t know how that will fit into the team’s plans, but what I do know is that the team’s moved forward – we’ve got some good young talent for next year.”

 

Extending his career does not mean that Wiggins will make another Hour Record attempt. "I have to accept that the Hour was what it was, a record of its time," he said. "There is a tinge of disappointment as I wanted to go past 55 kilometres and get past Tony Rominger’s record [of 55.291km] if conditions had been different. The record (54.526km) is beatable and it will be beaten but another 700 metres would have made people think twice.”

 

Wiggins is currently gaining weight to get ready for the Olympics and that makes it impossible for him to improve his past performance.

 

“Now it’s all about the focus for Rio, so it’s looking like never again. The time to do it would be now, but my body shape is changing for the team pursuit and it’s gone further away from what it should be for the Hour,” Wiggins told the newspaper.

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