Sir Bradley Wiggins set to be star attraction at Knowsley leg of Tour of Britain (From St Helens Star)
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Sir Bradley Wiggins set to be star attraction at Knowsley leg of Tour of Britain
9:14am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
THOUSANDS of people are expected to turn out as champion cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins heads a list of elite riders into Prescot for the Tour of Britain.
The Olympic gold medallist and 2012 Tour de France winner will be leading the Sky Pro Cycling team when stage three comes to Knowsley Safari Park on Tuesday, September 17.
Wiggins will be the star attraction for the 10-mile individual time trial, which will start and finish at the wildlife attraction.
The event will begin from noon, with Team Sky's Wiggins set to ride from 1.33pm.
He will be joined by fellow British riders Josh Edmondson and Ian Stannard plus Australian Mathew Hayman, Austrian Bernhard Eisel and Spaniard David Lopez in the six-rider line-up.
The stage begins at noon from the park, with the course winding through Prescot. St Helens Road, High Street and Derby Street are the hotspots for cheering on the competitors.
Organisers say hundreds of decorated umbrellas will line parts of the course to create a blaze of colour and celebrate the borough’s history.
Design themes include scenes from Shakespeare to recognise the borough’s links with the Bard – he was a regular visitor to Knowsley Hall in Prescot, and wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream to mark the wedding of the Sixth Earl of Derby, William.
Wiggins – who won Sports Personality of the Year 2012 – is no stranger to the local roads and often completes time trials around Rainford while training.
The Tour will see the keen rugby league supporter continue preparations for his assault on the World Time Trial Championships in Italy just days after The Tour finishes.
Community activities will also take place in these areas during the day, and the safari park will have a range of events for all the family.
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