Wiggins set for London-Surrey Classic

Olympic time trial champion Sir Bradley Wiggins

will ride for Team Sky in Sunday’s London-Surrey Classic over roads used at the London 2012 Games.

The 200km race will see Wiggins, 34, make only his second competitive appearance in London since the Games.

Mark Cavendish had

planned to take part

but has now opted to race in the

Tour de l’Ain

starting on 12 August.

Britons Laura Trott and Lizzie Armitstead and Dutch star Marianne Vos will compete in the

Women’s Grand Prix.

Armitstead won

Great Britain’s first medal

at London 2012 after finishing second behind reigning world champion Vos in the road race.

Armitstead crosses the line for silver

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GB’s Armitstead wins road race silver

Wiggins, who will be the first Tour de France winner to take part in the London-Surrey Classic,

won silver in the Commonwealth Games

team pursuit track event a fortnight ago.

His only ride in London since the Olympics saw him take overall victory in the

Tour of Britain

on the city’s streets last September.

And, following his

absence from the 2014 Tour de France,

the London-Surrey Classic will be Wiggins’ first road racing appearance since he won the

British National Time Trial

Championships in Monmouthshire in June.

Lining up alongside Wiggins will be 2012 world champion Philippe Gilbert, 2014 Tour de France top 10 finisher Laurens ten Dam, and top sprinters Mark Renshaw, Alessandro Petacchi and Elia Viviani.

Several Commonwealth Games medallists, led by points race

gold medallist Tom Scully

and road race bronze medallist Scott Thwaites, will also be present.


David Millar

has entered in his final season of road racing, while the British trio of Ben Swift and 21-year-old twin brothers Simon and Adam Yates will all compete.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/28688282

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