Bradley Wiggins will make his return to racing at the Tour of Pendle this weekend. The Cofidis rider last turned a pedal in anger as he crested the top of the Col d?Aubisque on stage 16 of this year?s Tour de France.
Wiggins? team then quit the race after Italian Christian Moreni tested positive for Testosterone, and the Brit has been recuperating ever since.
The Olympic champion will now take on the best of British as he competes in the last round of the season long Premier Calendar competition. New national champion David Millar was also due to ride the 96-mile event but has had to pull out.
Millar will however be riding the British time trial championships in Cheshire on September 2. The Saunier Duval rider was desperate to win the road title, and now wants to add the TT title to make a set of three ? he won the pursuit title last year.
Although Millar?s race program with Saunier Duval has tailed off since he announced he would be joining Jonathan Vaughter?s Slipstream team, he is still due to ride the Vattenfalls Classic, GP Ouest France Plouay, and the Tour of Poland, before the world championships.
The Tour of Pendle is part of the Pendle Bike Fest and takes place this Sunday (August 12). It starts at 9.30am outside Nelson Town Hall and is due to finish around 1pm in Nelson Town Centre.
Barrowford: 9.42 ? 10.47 ? 11.52
Blacko (summit): 9.52 ? 10.59 ? 12.07
Chatburn: 10.11 ? 11.16 ? 12.21
Read: 10.30 ? 11.35 ? 12.40
Carr Road: 13.00
Fence (by-pass): 13.10
Carr Road: 13.15 (finish)