Cycling superstar and Olympian Gold Medal hero Bradley Wiggins could be pedalling his way through the area next month.
It is hoped the star, who became a household name this summer when he claimed the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, will compete in the British version of the coveted cycling race.
Organisers have revealed the route for stage two of the Tour of Britain includes Smalley, Coxbench, Duffield, Little Eaton and Turnditch, near Belper, as more than 100 of the world’s finest cyclists race through the area as part of the UK’s largest free-to-watch live sporting event on September 10.
Bradley – known as Wiggo – is one of our most successful British athletes in 116 years of modern Olympic history after winning the men’s time trial event – taking his tally of medals to seven.
He has previously hinted he would be entering the Tour this year as part of Team Sky. His entry has not yet officially been confirmed, although it is thought it will be announced in the next few days.
Other members of Team Sky include top sprinter Mark Cavendish who suffered heartache when he missed out on a medal at the London Games , as well as Tour De France runner-up and fellow Olympic Gold medallist Chris Froome.
A spokesman for the tour admitted there were suggestions Wiggins would take part, but said nothing was set in stone.
The tour will also pass through Ilkeston just before 10.30am on Monday, September 10, as part of stage two of the race from Nottingham Castle to Knowlsey in Merseyside.
Riders will head from Ilkeston to West Hallam, through, Stanley Common and Smalley at the start of the stage, eventually heading through Ashbourne.
The Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and a top event in the British sporting calendar when it comes to free-to-watch live sporting events, with many more hundreds of thousands of people following via television and online.
The Tour returned after a five-year absence in 2004, quickly re-establishing itself as the main event in the British cycling calendar.
By 2008 The Tour of Britain had grown to become an eight-day event, allowing it to visit more parts of the UK than ever before.
Each year some of the world’s top cyclists compete. In recent years home favourites like Cavendish and Olympic Gold medallists Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy and Wiggins have been regular fixtures.
The Tour is also know as being a top one for emerging cycling stars to cut their teeth.