• Racing with intensity has always been a trademark for Wiggins and Cavendish. (Getty)Source: Getty
The most decorated Olympian in British history, Bradley Wiggins, has won what may be the last professional race of his career - Belgium's Ghent Six Days event.
Cycling Central

21 Nov 2016 - 12:09 PM  UPDATED 21 Nov 2016 - 12:20 PM

In what was a testy post-event press conference, Bradley Wiggins has hinted he might extend his cycling career after winning what was expected to be his final professional race.

Wiggins won the Ghent Six Days event in Belgium on Sunday with Mark Cavendish on the boards of the Kuipke velodrome where, as a child, he watched his father compete.

After his victory, the 2012 Tour de France winner hinted he might not hang up his bike for good after coming out on top of a thrilling three-way battle in the final Madison race of the cycling marathon.

"I always said that this would be my final send-off, to come here and race Ghent for one last time," said Wiggins, who also won the race in 2003 in the city where he was born 36 years ago.

"This will be the last time we race together (with Mark) for sure. Maybe not my last individually but together as a pairing.

"I am not sure about my future yet but at this moment I've still got really good legs, so I don't want to say that is 100 per cent it. I will make an announcement next week but at the moment I am just going to enjoy today."

Wiggins's legacy on British cycling will be regarded as significant despite recent controversy, but he seemed unprepared to consider his career impact - at least before making a final decision.

“You know what? I honestly don’t care anymore. I’ve given up caring," he said. 

"Man of the people? Says what he thinks? Very un-politically correct? Bit anti-establishment in parts. I don’t know really.

"I’ll always remember that I used to hate being told what to do when I was at school. Says the man who accepted a b----- knighthood … I’m not contradicting myself in any part at all … f--- it.”