Bradley Wiggins looks set to ride the Eneco Tour in Belgium and Holland later this month.
The Team Sky leader had said immediately after the Tour de France that the Tour of Britain would be his only remaining race of the season.
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Then Team Sky released their line-ups for August and Wiggins was down to ride the Tour du Limousin in France (August 17-20).
Now Wiggins has been taken out of the Limousin team and put in the line-up for the Eneco Tour (August 17-24) instead. The other Sky riders for Eneco are Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Michael Barry, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mat Hayman, Greg Henderson, Chris Sutton and Geraint Thomas. Boasson Hagen is the defending champion, having won the race for HTC-Columbia in 2009.
Wiggins rode the Eneco Tour for his old team Garmin last year. During the final time trial he was among the leaders at the first time check before it began to rain. Then, as he had agreed with Garmin’s directeur sportif Matt White, he eased off to avoid risking a crash on roads littered with speed humps. However, White was less than impressed when Wiggins failed to finish the course and was listed in the results as ‘did not finish’. Instead of crossing the finish line, Wiggins rode down the deviation road meant for team cars.
Meanwhile, Russell Downing has been added to Sky’s team for the Vattenfalls Classic one-day race in Germany next weekend (August 15).
Wiggins and Downing will be joined by Geraint Thomas, Steve Cummings, Mat Hayman and Greg Henderson at the Tour of Britain (September 11-18).