Wiggins confirmed among Tour lineup

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Sir Bradley Wiggins is the latest and most high profile name to have been announced for the Tour of Britain, which starts on Sunday.

Wiggins, the 2013 champion of the tour, will race for the first time as team leader of his Team Wiggins.

The 35-year-old, who won the Tour de France in 2012, set the UCI Hour Record earlier this year and will be hoping to take that form forward into the eight-stage tour.

The high-profile cycling event will visit towns and villages including Attleborough, Wymondham, Old Buckenham, East Harling and Spooner Row when riders take on a 225km (139-mile) course, starting in Fakenham and ending in Ipswich, on Saturday, Sepember 12.

Wiggins joins the likes of Mark Cavendish, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Andre Greipel and two-time British national champion Pete Kennaugh in already being confirmed for the tour.

n Meanwhile, local cyclists are being given the chance to race on part of the official Tour of Britain route on the same day that the Tour passes through Norfolk.

Diss Cycling Club, in partnership with Breckland Council, has organised a series of races which will take place in Old Buckenham on September 12.

However, would-be participants are being urged to reserve their place as soon as possible as spaces are limited and the booking period closes tomorrow.

The races will include 1.1km laps of the village green in the afternoon, after the Tour cyclists race through the village at lunchtime.

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