Sir Bradley Wiggins to race in Aviva Tour of Britain visiting Suffolk on September 12
Tour of Britain spectators will get to see champion rider Sir Bradley Wiggins racing through Suffolk again when it comes to county this month.
The 2012 Tour de France winner will be on the start line leading his own Team WIGGINS squad.
The race’s penultimate section, stage seven, will travel from Fakenham in Norfolk to Ipswich, passing through Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Needham Market, Hadleigh and East Bergholt on the way – a distance of 225km.
In 2012 Sir Bradley also competed in the tour when it started in Ipswich – though he pulled out before the end of the competition due to illness.
However he came back with a vengeance the following year to win the tour.
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Also appearing in the competition will be Taylor Phinney, riding for the BMC Racing Team.
Phinney was fourth in the Olympic Games road race in 2012 on his last appearance on British roads.
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In other team news UCI WorldTeam Tinkoff Saxo will be led by Croatian Robert Kiserlovski who has twice finished in the top ten overall of the Giro d’Italia.
Alongside him will be Giro d’Italia stage winner Chris Anker Sorensen, and Nikolay Trusov who won a stage of the 2007 Tour of Britain in Taunton.
The Cult Energy Pro Cycling team will make its debut at the tour with a strong line-up which includes former Tour de France yellow jersey Linus Gerdemann and 2005 British road race champion Russ Downing.
Fellow former British champion and 2012 SKODA King of the Mountains winner Kristian House will also return leading the JLT Condor presented by Mavic team, in what is his final appearance for the ‘men in black’.
Team Raleigh GAC will be led by this year’s British Cycling elite road series champion Steve Lampier, joined by Evan Oliphant, who will ride on home roads in East Lothian during stage four from Edinburgh to Blyth.
Further British interest comes in the An Post Chain Reaction line-up led by Josh Edmondson, who finished in the top 20 on his last appearance in the tour in 2012. Edmondson won the Ronde de l’Oise stage race in France earlier this Summer
Riding alongside Edmondson will be fellow Brit Alistair Slater, Lithuanian National Champion Aidis Kruopis and 2012 Olympic Team Pursuit Bronze medallist Aaron Gate.
The race begins on September 6 in north Wales, with the Suffolk and Norfolk stage on September 12.
The final stage takes place in London on September 13.