Bradley Wiggins forced to pull out of Tour of Britain
People hoping to spot Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins hurtling through the roads of Devon today are in for a disappointment.
The nation's most celebrated cyclist has been forced to pull out of the remainder of the Tour of Britain with a stomach bug.
Wiggins, who won the Tour de France on July 22 and his fourth Olympic gold in the August 1 time-trial at Hampton Court, was a non-starter on yesterday's sixth stage from Welshpool to Caerphilly. The tour will rocket through Devon today.
"I'm sorry to have to pull out of the Tour," said Wiggins on Team Sky's official website, www.teamsky.com. "I've loved the last six days, meeting so many people around the country and enjoying those crowds along the roads. It's been a great experience, but this bug sadly means I'll now miss the climax this weekend.
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"I'm sorry I can't continue and would like to thank all those fans, of all ages, for the support. Those fans have really inspired us this week and this summer."
The 32-year-old was 41st overall after stage five to Stoke, 12 minutes three seconds behind race leader Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEdge).