Cycling superstar and Britain’s most-decorated Olympian, Bradley Wiggins, could be pedalling through Belper’s villages next month.
The gold medal winner, who became a household name this summer when he claimed the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, is thought to be competing in the British version of the event next month.
And this week organisers revealed the route for stage two of the Tour of Britain includes Duffield, Little Eaton Turnditch, Smalley and Coxbench 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 officially the most successful British athlete 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 plus time trial bronze medallist and Tour De France runner-up Chris Froome.
A spokesman for the tour admitted there were suggestions Wiggins would take part, but said nothing was set in stone.