GHENT, Belgium — Bradley Wiggins hinted on Sunday that he might extend his career after winning what was expected to be his final professional race.
Wiggins, the most decorated Olympian in British history, won the Ghent Six Days event with Mark Cavendish on the boards of the `t Kuipke velodrome where, as a child, he had watched his father compete.
Wiggins, who also won the race in 2003 in the city where he was born 36 years ago, said: “This will be the last time we race together, for sure. Maybe not my last individually, but as a pairing, given what we have achieved together, it’s incredible.”
Wiggins has won eight Olympic medals and became the first British rider to win the Tour de France in 2012.
The Ghent event is a cycling marathon for pairs of riders. Past winners include Belgian legend Eddy Merckx.
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) Brazilian team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling faces another ban from racing after two more riders were implicated in doping.
The International Cycling Union says the team will be judged by its disciplinary panel which can impose bans of up to one year.
Cycling rules allow teams to be suspended if two riders are caught doping in a one-year period.
In December, the team’s riders were suspended for 55 days after three cases involving the banned blood booster CERA since July. They included Kleber Ramos of Brazil, who competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic road race.
The UCI says the latest cases involve biological passport results for Alex Correia Diniz, who is provisionally suspended, and an allegation against Otavio Bulgarelli of tampering with a doping sample.
GENT, Belgium (AP) Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.
World champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who won last year’s race, finished third.
The 249-kilometer (154.7-mile) race through Belgium included two ascents of the steep, cobbled Kemmelberg hill, one of the iconic climbs of the spring classics season.
Last year’s race was overshadowed by the death of Belgian rider Antoine Demoitie after a fall.
Sagan fell Friday in the E3 Harelbeke, which Van Avermaet also won to add to his victory last month in Het Nieuwsblad.