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Wiggo to ride in Tour of Britain

Team Great Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins signs autographs for fans after winning the Madison during day three of the Revolution Series at Derby Arena. Credit: Press Association.

Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride in the Aviva Tour of Britain, which begins in Wales on Sunday, race organisers have announced.

The 2012 Tour de France champion returns to the race he won in 2013, despite his focus switching from the road to the track as the Rio Olympics approach.

The 35-year-old Lancashire star is bidding for a fifth Olympic gold next summer and a British record eighth medal in all.

Wiggins, who was third in the race in 2014, will lead his eponymous team in their first appearance in the race, which begins in Beaumaris and finishes in central London on September 13.

British champion Peter Kennaugh quits Tour de France

British champion Peter Kennaugh has abandoned the Tour de France, because of illness.

British champion Peter Kennaugh Credit: PA

Kennaugh, from the Isle of Man, was part of the team which supported Froome to the 2013 title.

The 26-year-old was 146th at the start of the 201-kilometres route from Bourg de Peage to Gap, almost two and a half hours behind Froome.

Peter Kennaugh (third from left) celebrates Gold medal win with teammates Credit: PA

Kennaugh, who won London 2012 Olympic gold in the team pursuit on the track, successfully retained his British title on June 28 in Lincoln.

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Wiggins eyes time-trial success

Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins is optimistic of success in the Road World Championships time-trial in Ponferrada on Wednesday.

Wiggins finished second to Germany's Tony Martin, the Olympic silver medallist, in Florence last year but is confident the 47.1-kilometre route favours his attributes this time around.

Sir Bradley Wiggins celebrates on the podium after winning the Individual Time Trial during stage eight of the 2014 Tour of Britain Credit: PA Images

"I'm in better shape than last year," the 34-year-old Wiggins told BBC Sport.

"It's quite mountainous and suits me more than Tony. Every year I think this might be the year but you never know. That's why I like it."

Wiggins is joined in the race by Commonwealth Games champion Alex Dowsett.

The Londoner beat Dowsett to the British title in June and won a short Tour of Britain time-trial last weekend.

"This year's course is a lot different to last year's, which was long and flat," added Wiggins, who did not ride the Glasgow 2014 time-trial.

"You have to think more on this course. There's no room for error.

"You need to have enough in the tank for the end. It's challenging, a true test of the time trial."

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Wiggins: ‘I won’t be riding the Tour de France this year’

Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that he will not be riding the Tour de France if the defending champion Chris Froome holds his form up to the start of the race in Leeds on 5 July.

Bradley Wiggins of Sky Procycling warms up for Stage Three Individual Time Trial in the 2013 Tour of Britain in Knowsley. Credit: PA

The 2012 winner said today: “The team is focused around Chris Froome who has got a chance of winning his second Tour and it’s been decided to base the team around him.”

“I’m gutted,” Wiggins added. “I’ve worked hard all year for this, I went to California and won that, I feel I’m in the form I was in 2012, but I understand that cycling is a team sport and at the end of the day it’s about the team winning, at the end of the day it’s about Chris winning.”

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