Bradley Wiggins will take start at 2012 Tour of Britain

The Tour de France champ will skip the Tour of Denmark in favor of his own national tour

LONDON  (AFP) — Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins has confirmed he will be competing in the Tour of Britain starting September 9.

The 32-year-old Wiggins, who became the first Briton to win the Tour and then collected the Olympic time trial crown for good measure, is skipping the Tour of Denmark next week but will be back in the saddle for the start of the eight-stage Tour of Britain at Ipswich.

“It’ll be nice. I’ll try to stay fit between now and then so I don’t embarrass myself! It’ll be good,” Wiggins said Sunday as he launched the inaugural “Ride with Brad” in Barnoldswick, Lancashire.