Tour of Britain targets Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins

Sir Bradley Wiggins has won seven Olympic medals

Tour of Britain organisers hope 2013 winner Sir Bradley Wiggins will compete in the race for a possible final time as an Olympic champion.

Wiggins, 35, wants to ride on the track at the Olympics in Brazil in August ahead of a potential British finale.

Tour of Britain director Mick Bennett said: “The Wiggins team have verbally committed to me, and hopefully that can be a lap of honour for them with gold medals around their necks.”

The tour runs from 4-11 September.

Wiggins, who won the Tour de France in 2012 and is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is riding at the Track World Championships in London in March.

“Bradley is such an icon, such a rock star, and it would be great for him to tour the country before closing down an amazing career,” added Bennett.

“I don’t know if this will be the toughest edition of the race yet but I think it should be the most exciting, and it’s certainly the most spectator-friendly.

“Spectators will be able to see far more of the race than ever before.”

The eight-stage Tour – which will coincide with the Vuelta a Espana in Spain – will begin in Glasgow before taking the riders through the Lake District, Cheshire, Denbighshire and south Wales.

It will feature a return to the popular summit finish at Haytor on Dartmoor, a split-stage in Bristol, which includes a time-trial and a five-lap road race, ahead of the circuit finish in London.

Last year’s race was won by Edvald Boasson Hagen, racing for the MTN-Qhubeka team, which is now known as Team Dimension Data and includes British sprinter Mark Cavendish.

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Bradley Wiggins won the Tour of Britain in 2013

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/35659642

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