Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 29, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bradley Wiggins ‘officially’ retires; Canadian neo-pro Ellen Watters succumbs to injuries from collision with car; 60 Minutes television show investigating mechanical doping in cycling; Operación Puerto investigation names forthcoming; Tour of Qatar cancelled for 2017; Alicia Franck making return from injury; “In Velo Veritas” trailer; Cycling and coffee, in Colombia.

Bradley Wiggins ‘officially’ retires

by CyclingTips

After going back-and-forth in public about possibly continuing to race, even despite his planned retirement following the Ghent Six Day, Bradley Wiggins announced his official retirement from all forms of professional cycling via Instagram.

I have been lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil my childhood aspiration of making a living and a career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12. I’ve met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years. I have worked with the world’s best coaches and managers who I will always be grateful to for their support. What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public though thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living. 2012 blew my mind and was a gas. Cycling has given me everything and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids. 2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, “feet on the ground, head in the clouds” kids from Kilburn don’t win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances’! They do now.

A photo posted by Sir Wiggo (@bradwiggins) on

“I have been lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil [sic] my childhood aspiration of making a living and a career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12. I’ve met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years. I have worked with the world’s best coaches and managers who I will always be grateful to for their support.

“2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, ‘feet on the ground, head in the clouds’ kids from Kilburn don’t win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances’![sic] They do now.”

Wiggins had hinted during his retirement six day races in London and Ghent that he would be keen to still race in the future, but this message seems to put an end to that idea.

He has also had to deal with an ongoing investigation by UK Anti-Doping into British Cycling and Team Sky while he was racing for the team in 2011.

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