Bradley Wiggins given rapturous reception despite TUEs scrutiny

    Bradley Wiggins is a picture of concentration at the London Six Day event.

    Story highlights

    • Bradley Wiggins beaten in London Six-Day
    • Came second with Mark Cavendish
    • Wiggins under scrutiny after "Fancy Bears" leaks

    (CNN)A pair of Belgian cyclists clearly hadn't read the script.

    In doing so, British crowd favorites -- former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and his partner Mark Cavendish -- had to settle for second place in the London Six Day event Sunday as Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw came first.
    In recent weeks the 36-year-old Wiggins has come under intense media scrutiny over his use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) for the anti-inflammatory drug triamcinolone.
    Wiggins had previously said he would retire from professional cycling after the indoor velodrome races in the British capital and Ghent in Belgium next month, though he teased the London crowd that he could be considering a comeback in 2017.
    "I've enjoyed it that much, I just don't know at the moment. I still love riding my bike, I love racing," said Wiggins. "Who wouldn't want to come back, with a week like this and the crowds like? It's been incredible."

    Rapturous acclaim

    If any of the capacity crowd which packed the venue used for the 2012 London Olympics had any misgivings about his use of TUEs it was hard to imagine, as Wiggins' every pedal stroke was greeted with rapturous acclaim.
    It reached a fever pitch as Wiggins crossed the line first in the final Derny race Sunday to put his team in a strong position to claim victory in the grueling event.