Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride on the track at the Commonwealth Games after his omission from Team Sky’s Tour de France squad was confirmed.
Wiggins, who has been putting in some light practice on the track in recent weeks, has made no secret of his desire to return to the boards in time for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Already set to compete on the road in the time trial – a discipline in which he was last night crowned British champion – and the men’s road race, Wiggins will now join Team England’s track endurance squad too.
He joins Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Andy Tennant and Jon Dibben in the line-up, where he will bid to add to the three silver medals he won in 1998 and 2002.
Shane Sutton said of Wiggins’ return: “I’m very happy to be able to welcome Sir Bradley back to the track team for the Commonwealth Games – his addition will be a real morale boost to the rest of the track squad.
“The decision of who will ride what event will be made nearer the time.”
Team England Chef de Mission Jan Paterson added: “We are delighted that Sir Bradley will be returning to the track for Team England in Glasgow.
“It’s hugely exciting for the team, the sport and spectators that they’ll be able to see one of our finest athletes back in the velodrome for the first time in a number of years.”
Wiggins’ addition to the track squad follows the previous announcement Lizzie Armitstead will also be returning to the boards for the Games.
Meanwhile, his next engagement will be the British National Road Race on Sunday (June 29), where he will bid to add to his time trial success.