Wiggins set for road racing swansong in Tour of Britain
Fresh from their Olympic gold medals in Rio, Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull have been confirmed for the upcoming Tour of Britain, which begins on Sunday September 4.
Wiggins is winding down his career and has said that he will stop after the Gent six day in November. While the rest of his programme remains to be confirmed, it means the Tour of Britain could be his final road race on home soil.
Wiggins joins another famous Briton, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), who was previously confirmed for the event.
He earned a record eighth British Olympic medal in Rio, winning the team pursuit with Doull, Ed Clancy and Steven Burke.
“We are delighted to be welcoming two of our Olympic Champions to the Tour of Britain just three weeks after their success in Rio,” said Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett on Tuesday.
“As a former winner of the Tour of Britain it is always a pleasure to welcome Sir Bradley Wiggins back to Britain’s biggest race, while Owain Doull was the star of the 2015 Tour, showing he has a very bright future ahead of him.”
Wiggins won the event in 2013, one year after his Tour de France success. Since then he has increasingly focussed on the track, although he won the time trial and finished third overall in the 2014 Tour of Britain.
As for his Team Wiggins teammate Doull, he finished third overall last year. He was also the winner of the Chainreaction points jersey, netting top ten finishes on all bar one of the stages.
Jonathan Dibben has also been confirmed for the squad, with three others to be named closer to the start.
In addition to Cavendish, the Wiggins trio join previously confirmed Andre Greipel and Steve Cummings, bot stage winners in this year’s Tour de France.
Further announcements will be made between now and the start in 12 days’ time.