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Sir Bradley Wiggins joins elite line-up for RideLondon

Team Sky's 2012 Tour de France champion receives late call-up for Sunday's race

Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic after receiving a late call-up to the Team Sky squad.

Wiggins, who will return to the roads of London and Surrey for just the second time since bagging Olympic time trial gold in the capital in 2012, joins an elite line-up set for the men’s race on Sunday (August 10).

Sir Bradley Wiggins will race in London for the first time since sealing 2013 Tour of Britain success in the capital last year (pic: ©Roz Jones)

His only other appearance in the capital since his Olympic success saw him sealing his Tour of Britain victory last year and race director Mick Bennett is pleased to be welcoming the 2012 Tour de France champion back to London.

“We are delighted to welcome Sir Bradley to Prudential RideLondon this weekend,” he said. “He completes an already first-class line-up for the event.

“The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic enjoys great support from spectators at the roadside across the route and this announcement means fans can now look forward to seeing one of the greatest ever British cyclists racing in the event.”

It will be Wiggins first race on the road since he was crowned British time trial champion in Monmouthshire in June.

Since then, the seven-time Olympic medallist made his return to the track, helping Team England to Commonwealth Games silver in the team pursuit in Glasgow.

Scott Thwaites (Team NetApp-Endura), bronze medallist in the men’s road race, and Tom Scully (Madison-Genesis) – who won gold on the track in the points race – will also start RideLondon on the back of Commonwealth Games success.

Former world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing), rising British stars Simon and Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEDGE) and sprint legend Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) are also set to roll out of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday.

RideLondon will mark Wiggins return to the road after he won team pursuit silver on the track at Glasgow 2014 (pic: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz, courtesy of www.swpix.com)

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will be shown live on BBC1 from 14:00 and on British Eurosport from 14:30.

For more information, including details of road closures in London, visit www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk.

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