Sir Bradley Wiggins in expletive press conference after his final race

Sir Bradley Wiggins rounded off an astonishing career with victory at the Ghent Six Day event alongside Mark Cavendish.

Wiggins has had a controversial couple of months following leaked information that the 36-year-old had received a therapeutic use exemption for a banned steroid during his Tour de France victory in 2012, with some media outlets speculating that the news put a cloud over the cyclist’s achievements.

Wiggins’ frustrations with the press were evident during the press conference after his Ghent Six triumph, and despite it likely being his last race, he went out in a sweary manner.


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When asked about his plans for retirement, Wiggins stated that: “I’m going to go and become a journalist for the… no I’m not, I’m not a c***.”

A familiar joke to one he made at the London Six Day event in October.

Wiggins was then asked how he would like to be remembered, to which he responded “I don’t care anymore – I’ve given up caring.

“It’s not about being remembered as whatever – man of the people, says what he thinks, very unpolitically correct, very anti-establishment in part… says the man who accepted a f****** knighthood.

“I’m not contradicting myself at all, but whatever.”

The Ghent Six organisers had told journalists prior to the press conference not to ask questions surrounding his 2012 therapeutic use exemption, however, the five-time Olympic Champion took it upon himself to bring up the subject.

Wiggins has taken a lot of his frustrations over the controversy surrounding his therapeutic steroid use out on the press, however, former Olympic track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy has also said that he would like a better explanation for why Wiggins needed the therapeutic use exemption prior to the three biggest races in his career.

No matter what has been said about Wiggins, with retirement a real possibility, it would be nice to just remember him for all he has achieved and for everything he has done for cycling in Britain.

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