Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that he will ride next month's Tour of Britain. The Tour de France winner and Olympic time trial champion's patticipation is certain to draw big crowds to the week-long race, which begins in Ipswich on Sunday 9th September and concludes the following Sunday in Guildford.
The Team Sky rider broke the news at today's inaugural Ride With Brad Sportive in Lancashire in aid of his Bradley Wiggins Foundation charity, reports BBC Sport, which quoted the 32-year as saying: "I'm doing the Tour of Britain. It'll be nice. I'll try to stay fit between now and then so I don't embarrass myself. It'll be good."
Wiggins made a brief trip home to Lancashire family following his win in Paris before heading to Surrey to prepare for the Olympic road race and time trial. Since winning the fourth Olympic gold of his career a two and a half weeks ago, he's been enjoying a bit of downtime, including a family holiday on Mallorca.
He had been due to ride in the Tour of Denmark, which starts on Wednesday, but last week Team Sky confirmed he would be sitting that race out.
You can find full details of the route of the 2012 Tour of Britain here.
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