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.”

Thursday 17 Nov 2016

One of Trek-Segafredo's signature sponsors, the coffee machine manufacturer Segafredo Zanetti has extended its relationship to 2020, adding two years to the initial three-year agreement.

“We are obviously excited that Segafredo will keep supporting the team through 2020," said Luca Guercilena, general manager of Trek-Segafredo.

"This long-term investment shows their trust and faith in our collaboration. Over the last year, we’ve witnessed great involvement from the people at Segafredo. 

"That was very stimulating for us indeed. Knowing that they will be with us four more years gives us the stability and the space to keep investing in our team, going from the development of young riders to the continuous improvement and support for our more experienced riders.”

Trek-Segafredo has replaced retiring stars like Fabian Cancellara and Frank Schleck, with multiple Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador and Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner John Degenkolb. 

This year saw a very strong line-up including both 2015 winners Andy Blair and Lucy Bechtel. They were joined by contenders Brendan Johnston, Cameron Ivory, Shaun Lewis, Tristan Ward and Michael Potter in the men’s race; and Peta Mullens, Briony Mattocks, Eliza Kwan and Imogen Smith in the women’s race. 

It was Brendon Johnston who took the win in 4hr 21min 57sec, making him the first rider to win three Highland Fling mountain bike marathons.

“I really had no idea how far in front I was," Johnston said. "I left Wingello and tried not to look back. Cam (Ivory) with with me, but I had my plan to make a move on The Kick and despatch him. From there I was by myself. It was as tough a course as ever, but I’ve done the work through the year and am proud to take the win against such tough competition.”

The Highland Fling is one of Australia's most enduring marathon mountain biking events and includes a full weekend of racing over several distances and formats with the 100km event its elite cornerstone.

In the women’s race, Peta Mullens was the first to cross the line in a time of 5hr 8min 12sec, also giving her a third Highland Fling win.

“It was hard out there. Like a five hour time trial," Mullens said. "At first Briony (Mattocks), Lucy (Bechtel) and I were together and that was the plan, to ride together, but our strengths and weaknesses were just too different.

"I made a break on a rocky descent and from there hit out on my own. Once I hit that last bit of single track, if there are no other girls with me, I know I should be home. The tailwind on the way home was a nice touch.”

 In the 100Mile race, Ed McDonald was once again the strongest rider, taking the win in 7hr 51min. In the women’s race, Charlie McCabe took first in 10hr 3min 7sec.