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Sir Bradley Wiggins to compete in British Indoor Rowing Championships

Wiggins is swapping his bike for an indoor rowing machine. Photo: PA

Sir Bradley Wiggins' return to competition has been confirmed, with the five-time Olympic cycling champion swapping his bike for an indoor rowing machine.

British Rowing on Friday announced Wiggins' participation in the December 9 event at the Lee Valley VeloPark, formerly known as the Olympic Velodrome.

"On Saturday, December 9, Sir Bradley Wiggins, five-time Olympic champion, will take on the best of the GB Rowing Team at the British Rowing Indoor Championships," British Rowing said.

Wiggins this week broke his silence on UK Anti-Doping's investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in cycling, saying it has provoked a "malicious witch hunt" that has been a "living hell" for his family.

In a statement posted on his social media pages, Wiggins welcomed Wednesday's announcement by UKAD that it was closing a 14-month investigation into a package that was delivered to his team doctor at the end of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race in France.

As UKAD has been unable to prove what was in that package, commonly refereed to as the Jiffy bag, it said no anti-doping charges would be brought.

While this has "pleased" Wiggins, the 37-year-old has criticised UKAD for not issuing an "unqualified finding of innocence" and said he will consider his legal options.