Cycling - Team Sky announce Wiggins as leader for Tour of Britain

Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead a six-man Team Sky at the Tour of Britain this month.

The 33-year-old Wiggins, who was unable to defend his 2012 Tour de France title through injury and illness, heads up a squad featuring two other British riders, Ian Stannard and Josh Edmondson.

David Lopez, Bernhard Eisel and Matthew Hayman make up the team for the eight-stage race that starts in Peebles, Scotland, on September 15 and also covers Wales and England.

“I'm really looking forward to the Tour of Britain; it's a race I’m fond of and it’s nice to see it growing in stature each year,” Wiggins said. "The crowds and the roads make it special and it’s always very humbling to see the fantastic support that we get from the public.”

Much has been made of Wiggins’ slump in form this season, having achieved his lifetime goal by winning the Tour de France while also adding another Olympic gold to his repertoire.

Wiggins admitted last month that team-mate Chris Froome – who won the 2013 Tour – was the better stage-race rider and that he was likely to move back to track cycling.

But – while the world time trial championships is his most realistic chance of a major win this year – Wiggins insists he is in good shape leading into his home tour.

"I’m coming into the race feeling really good. It finishes in close proximity to the world time trial championships which is my main late-season goal.

"The Tour of Britain is always a tough event and I’m looking forward to getting started."

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