Cycle champ confirms tour

Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins has announced he will compete in cycling’s Tour of Britain – which is heading through Smalley and Horsley.

His return to competitive action is now set to come on home soil in the eight-stage event which begins on September 9.

The second leg starts at Nottingham Castle, heads through Wollaton Park and reaches Woodside, on the edge of Smalley Horsley, just before 10.40am on Monday, September 10.

Wiggins and Team Sky, which has also confirmed fellow Brit Mark Cavensish as taking part, will then head along Smalley Mill Road, before turning left towards Coxbench.

The second leg ends at Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside.

Wiggins made the announcement as he launched the inaugural Ride with Brad mass participation public cycling event in Barnoldswick, Lancashire.

When asked what his next plans were, Wiggins said: “I’m doing the Tour of Britain now.

“It’ll be nice. I’ll try to stay fit between now and then so I don’t embarrass myself! It’ll be good.”

Cavendish was a double-stage winner in last year’s Tour of Britain and is the current holder of the UCI World Championship title.