Wiggins set to compete next season

Wiggins set to compete next season
By Sportsbeat

01/12/2016 at 11:05Updated

Sir Bradley Wiggins has been named in Great Britain's Olympic Podium Programme, despite being expected to retire from the sport.

The five-time Olympic champion and 2012 Tour de France winner suggested last month's Ghent Six Day could be his swansong, but he has been named in the men's track endurance team.

British Cycling had earlier said they were giving Wiggins time to consider his future.

Meanwhile, London 2012 gold medallist Dani King has returned to the Great Britain team, despite missing out on Rio 2016.

The 26-year-old joined forces with Laura Kenny and Joanna Rowsell Shand to win team pursuit gold in London, before switching to road racing in 2014 after a life-threatening accident.

But she was overlooked for the women's road race in favour of veteran Emma Pooley.

Fellow road racer Nikki Brammeier, who played a crucial supporting role in Rio, also returns to the squad, while the likes of Mark Cavendish, Jason Kenny and Ed Clancy have been retained.

"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,"said programmes director Andy Harrison.

"I'm pleased to see the strength and depth we have within the women's road squad which has been bolstered by the additions of 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."

Elsewhere, Barnes, Emily Kay, Danni Khan, Ryan Owens, Mark Stewart and Oliver Wood have all graduated from the Senior Academy Programme. Sportsbeat 2016