Bradley Wiggins is ending his long goodbye to cycling at the Gent Six-Day and he says nothing will stop him from enjoying the moment.
Speaking to media at the event, where he is teaming up with British compatriot Mark Cavendish, Wiggins said “I’ve trained hard for this, you know? I’ve been looking forward to it, I really have. Nothing was going to piss on my parade."
Wiggo was clearly referencing the firestorm of criticism he's generated after it was revealed he was given a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) before the 2011 and 2012 Tour de France and 2013 Giro d'Italia for the controlled asthma medication triamcinolone.
Wiggo was born in Gent and was clearly determined to embrace emotion along with his family and Cavendish.
“I’m sure I will (be emotional),” he said. “Especially when my kids come. Because I always think of my father. I was sat in the cabins [in the infield where Six Day riders rest between races] with me dad when I was one and I’ve got pictures of that. And because I have my own kids now… it will be really nice.”