- by Press Release
- Published: 26 August 2009
Press Release: Wiggins had a phenomenal performance in this years Tour de France and is now confirm to ride in October in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
Wiggins, a six-time world champion on the track, impressed the cycling world on the road at this year’s Tour de France, finishing the world’s hardest stage race in fourth position behind eventual winner Alberto Contador.
The 29-year-old will become just the third top ten Tour de France finisher to race the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and the first to compete in the two races within the same year.
Previous top ten place getters, France’s Jean-Francois Bernard (3rd in 1987) and German’s Udo Bolts (9th in 1994) rode the 1990 Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Bolts scribing his name on the winner’s honour roll.
Further adding to his already impressive list of credentials, Wiggins is also a triple Olympic gold medalist. Winning the individual pursuit ahead of Australia’s Brad McGee at the 2004 Athens Olympics, he defended that title and added a team pursuit gold medal at last year’s Beijing Olympics.
Riding with the American-based Garmin Slipstream team, Wiggins is no stranger to the Jayco Herald Sun Tour’s rich history, his late father, Gary, an Australian cycling champion from Morwell in Victoria.
Jayco Herald Sun Tour Director Michael Hands is thrilled with Wiggins’ commitment to ride Down Under.
“We are enormously excited that both a team of this stature and a rider of this stature are coming to race the Jayco Herald Sun Tour this year,” said Hands.
“Bradley Wiggins is one of, if not the best quality rider we have ever had compete in the event and it is a testimony to the growing reputation of the race on the international circuit.”
The Jayco Herald Sun Tour will be held from Sunday 11 October to Saturday 17 October, and will travel through popular cycling towns Ballarat, Colac, Warrnambool, Apollo Bay, Anglesea, Barwon Heads and Geelong before the twilight final stage circuit race on Lygon Street in Melbourne.
source: Jayco Herald Sun Tour