Olympic hero set to visit?

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins celebrates winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 1, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Cycling Road Women. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins celebrates winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 1, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Cycling Road Women. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

British Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins could be taking to the streets of Ilkeston on his bike if he joins the Tour of Britain next month.

The Tour de France champion is part of Team Sky – managed by Ilkeston’s Dave Brailsford – which leads a host of top entries to this year’s British race

It has not been confirmed that Wiggins, who became Britain’s most decorated Olympian with his London 2012 time trial win last week, will take part in the event which is set to pass through Ilkeston when it comes to Derbyshire.

But it is clear there will be a host of world-class riders taking to the streets of our town with several top teams following Team Sky’s lead to sign up to the event.

The week-long race begins on Sunday, September 9.

The tour will pass through Ilkeston just before 10.30am on Monday, September 10 as part of stage two of the race from Nottingham Castle to Knowsley in Merseyside.

Riders will cycle up Nottingham Road before heading out through West Hallam, Stanley Common and Smalley at the start of the stage.

Other members of Team Sky include top sprinter Mark Cavendish plus time trial bronze medallist and Tour De France runner-up Chris Froome so hopes are high that many well-known faces will be cycling through Ilkeston.

A spokesman for the tour admitted there were rumours circulating that Wiggins would take part in the Tour but said nothing had been set in stone.