LANCASHIRE’S Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that he will ride next month’s Aviva Tour of Britain.

The 36-year-old from Chorley, who won the event in 2013, will form part of his team’s six-man roster.


The race departs Anglesey on September 6, before heading to East Lancashire for the second stage a day later.

Tour de France winner Wiggins won two events on the track in the East Midlands last week, the team pursuit and the Madison with Mark Cavendish, is returning to the road in preparation for the team pursuit’s next focus.

The race will see 20 teams and 120 riders start the race, with Chorley’s own cycling hero Wiggins among the biggest names.

A total of nine World Tour teams are set to send riders to the event.

They include Britain’s Tour De France winners Team Sky, as well as Team Cannondale-Garmin, whose roster could include 2014 Tour champion Dylan van Baarle, and Etixx Quick-Step, including Briton Mark Cavendish.

BMC Racing, IAM Cycling, Lotto Soudal, Movistar Team, Team Lotto NL Jumbo and Tinkoff-Saxo complete the World Tour teams entering.

Pendle Council and Ribble Valley Borough Council are hosting Stage Two on September 7.

The race next month will see the riders take in areas of East Lancashire including Clitheroe, Longridge, Whalley, Sabden, Nelson and Colne.

Cllr Stuart Hirst, the leader of Ribble Valley Borough Council, said of Wiggins’ appearance: “It’s first class that he will be taking part in the race.

“It will further enhance the event .”

Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, the leader of Pendle Council, said: “It’s fantastic news, his presence adds to the prestige.

“I’m sure it will encourage even more people to come out and support the riders on the day itself.”