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Rio Olympics champ Wiggins to race Tour of Britain

Bradley Wiggins and five of his Team Wiggins teammates will compete at the eight-day, nine-stage race.

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Fresh off an Olympics during which he won the team pursuit gold medal on the track, Bradley Wiggins will return to the road for the upcoming Tour of Britain.

Race organizers confirmed Wiggins’s participation in a Tuesday morning press release. Wiggins will be joined by five of his Team Wiggins teammates, including Owain Doull and Jonathan Dibben. Doull won a gold medal in Rio with Wiggins.

“We are delighted to be welcoming two of our Olympic champions to the Tour of Britain just three weeks after their success in Rio,” race director Mick Bennett said.

“As a former winner of the Tour of Britain it is always a pleasure to welcome Sir Bradley Wiggins back to Britain’s biggest race, while Owain Doull was the star of the 2015 Tour, showing he has a very bright future ahead of him.”

Wiggins won the 2012 Tour de France and won the Tour of Britain a year later. He owns four Olympic gold medals on the track and one on the road, along with two bronze and one silver on the track.

The Tour of Britain began in 1945 and ran through 1999 before returning in 2004. It’s a UCI Europe Tour stage race.

The 2016 edition runs from September 4-11 and has nine stages, including two on September 10 — a time trial and a circuit race in Bristol. The race concludes with a circuit race around London.

Also confirmed to race are Mark Cavendish of Dimension Data and André Greipel of Lotto – Soudal.