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Sir Bradley to take to Surrey's roads again this month
12:39pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Local News
Olympic cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins is to take to the county's roads again this month in the Tour of Britain event.
Sir Bradley, 33, will be leading the Team Sky squad in the big annual cycling race, which for the second year in a row will feature a Surrey stage.
That will take place on Saturday, September 21, when riders will pedal-power their way through the 96-mile stage starting in Epsom and finishing in a final climb up Guildford High Street.
Sir Bradley surged to the gold medal on Surrey’s roads in the time trial at last summer’s Olympic Games, but pulled out of last year’s Tour of Britain before it reached the county for the final stage. Last year’s Tour of Britain generated almost £7.2 million for Surrey’s economy and was watched by almost one million television viewers each day. Huge crowds are again expected to line the route.
Sir Bradley, the 2012 Tour de France winner, said: "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.”
He 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.
"I'm coming into the race feeling really good.”
He added: “ 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."
Joining him in the Sky squad will be fellow British cycling stars Ian Stannard and Josh Edmondson, Austrian Bernhard Eisel, Australian Mathew Hayman and Spain's David Lopez.
The eight-day Tour of Britain race, also featuring stages in Scotland and Wales, will begin this Sunday (September 15) in Peebles, Scotland.