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Bradley Wiggins to lead Team Sky in Tour of California

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Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead Team Sky in the Tour of California next month.

The eight day stage race will start on the 11th May and finish on the 18th and it will be the first time Sky have raced in the event since 2011.

That year they won two stages through Ben Swift and Greg Henderson.

This year though Wiggins will be hoping to impress as his Tour de France place has not yet be guaranteed.

The Brit hasn't taken part in in the Tour of California since 2008 but Wiggins says it's an event that the team want to do well in.

The 34 year old, according to Team Sky's website, said: “I’m really looking forward to riding the Tour of California. It's an important event for the team and we want to put in a good performance in front of the American fans and our co-owners 21st Century Fox.

“Riding in California is definitely something different and a nice alternative to the traditional racing programme in Europe. There are a lot of passionate cycling fans in the States and this is one of the only chances we get to ride in front of them, on their roads. We’re all looking forward to it.”

The London 2012 gold medallist will be joined by three Americans, Ian Boswell, Danny Pate and Joe Dombrowski all eager to ride well on home soil.

Nathan Earle, Josh Edmondson, Christian Knees and Luke Rowe will make up the other four places in the eight man Team Sky squad.

Wiggins will hope he can bring his recent form to America where he still has a lot to prove before the Sky squad is picked for the Tour de France, a phrase which nearly two years ago would have raised many eyebrows in the cycling world as Wiggins had just won the 2012 Tour.

The Tour of California was won by Teejay Van Garderen last year and the BMC rider became the sixth American to win the race since the event was introduced in 2006.

Only Michael Rogers and Robert Gesink have finished the race in the yellow jersey as winners from another country, Rogers from Australia and Gesink from Holland.

Wiggins will be looking to become the first Brit to win in America and if this happens it is more than likely that the 2012 Tour de France winner will be a part of this year's Tour supporting team-mate Chris Froome.

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