Olympic hero to visit Ilkeston

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

Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins has announced he will compete in cycling’s Tour of Britain – which is heading right through Ilkeston

His return to competitive action is now set to come on home soil in the eight-stage event which begins on September 9.

The second leg starts at Nottingham Castle, heads through Wollaton Park and reaching Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, just before 10.30am on Monday September 10.

The second leg ends at Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside, after passing through West Hallam, Stanley Common and Smalley.

Wiggins made the announcement as he launched the inaugural Ride with Brad mass participation public cycling event in Barnoldswick, Lancashire.

When asked what his next plans were, Wiggins said: “I’m doing the Tour of Britain now.

“It’ll be nice. I’ll try to stay fit between now and then so I don’t embarrass myself! It’ll be good.”