Bradley Wiggins to ride Sunday's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

The 34-year-old becomes the first Tour de France champion to race in Britain's Olympic cycling legacy event.

Bradley Wiggins on Stage 5 of the 2014 Tirreno Adriatico
(Image credit: Watson)

Bradley Wiggins was this morning announced as a last-minute call-up for Team Sky's six-man line-up for this Sunday's RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

Wiggins, whose last competitive outing for Sky was in June's Tour de Suisse, will become the first Tour de France champion to compete in the race.

He replaces Chris Sutton in their squad; Ian Boswell, Nathan Earle, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Ben Swift will also be in action for the team.

Wiggins said: "I’m really looking forward to Sunday and to being back on the road with Team Sky. I always enjoy competing in front of home fans and have great memories of riding this route at the Olympics.

"The support we got then was unbelievable, and it was the same again at the Tour of Britain again last year, so this promises to be a really special day."

Race director Mick Bennett added: “We are delighted to welcome Sir Bradley to Prudential RideLondon this weekend. 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.”

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.