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Wiggins among favourites as Tour of Britain starts

Sir Bradley Wiggins is among the race favourites Credit: PA

Former Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins is among the race favourites along with Nairo Quintana, second behind Britain's Chris Froome in this year's Tour.

This year's race starts on the Scottish Borders and will move through the Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor before concluding with a showpiece finish in central London.

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Wiggins withdrawn from Giro d'Italia due to illness

Team Sky, who Sir Bradley Wiggins cycles for, has announced that the Olympic champion has "been withdrawn" from the Giro d'Italia due to a chest infection.

They tweeted:

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Sir Bradley Wiggins has been withdrawn from the #Giro on the medical advice of the team doctor due to illness - http://t.co/1P7nZ1Gi57

The team's principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “We monitored Bradley overnight and this morning we’ve withdrawn him from the Giro after consulting the team doctor. His chest infection has been getting worse and our primary concern is always the health of our riders.

Bradley will return to the UK today for treatment and to rest and we hope to have him back on the road as soon as possible. As a passionate racer he wanted to continue but he is simply unable to do so on medical grounds.”

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Van driver to take awareness course after knocking Sir Bradley Wiggins off his bike

A van driver who knocked Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins off his bike has accepted the offer of a driver awareness course.

The 32-year-old athlete spent a night in hospital following the accident near his home in Eccleston, Lancashire, last November, while he was on a training run.

Bradley Wiggins Credit: Press Association

The four-time Olympic champion was treated for a bruised hand and ribs.

After a formal interview, the van driver, Cath Burrows, 44, was summonsed by Lancashire Police over driving without due care and attention.

It has emerged she has agreed to complete a driver awareness course.

A police spokeswoman said it considered the matter had been dealt with.

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