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Bradley Wiggins back in action at the Challenge Mallorca series

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Bradley Wiggins in the Great Britain red, white and blue

Bradley Wiggins in the Great Britain red, white and blue
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Bradley Wiggins gets some mechanical work during the race

Bradley Wiggins gets some mechanical work during the race
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The sun was out for the first race of the Challenge Mallorca

The sun was out for the first race of the Challenge Mallorca
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Bradley Wiggins eats a bar before the start of race one

Bradley Wiggins eats a bar before the start of race one
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Bradley Wiggins has a chat behind Bernhard Eisel

Bradley Wiggins has a chat behind Bernhard Eisel
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Bradley Wiggins in action in Mallorca

Bradley Wiggins in action in Mallorca
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Bradley Wiggins poses for a seflie

Bradley Wiggins poses for a seflie
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Bradley Wiggins prepare for the race

Bradley Wiggins prepare for the race
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Great Britain use Lazer helmets

Great Britain use Lazer helmets
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Owain Doull (Great Britain)

Owain Doull (Great Britain)
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Owain Doull makes a late change to his position

Owain Doull makes a late change to his position
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Steven Burke (Great Britain)

Steven Burke (Great Britain)
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The Great Britain riders head to the start

The Great Britain riders head to the start
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Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)

Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)
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 Gabriel Cullaigh (Great Britain)

Gabriel Cullaigh (Great Britain)
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Great Britain takes a corner together at the Challenge Mallorca

Great Britain takes a corner together at the Challenge Mallorca
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The sun was out for the Challenge Mallorca races

The sun was out for the Challenge Mallorca races
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Bradley Wiggins enjoys breakfast before race day

Bradley Wiggins enjoys breakfast before race day
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The riders prepare for the start

The riders prepare for the start
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Great Britain coach Heiko Salzwedel talks to Andy Tennant

Great Britain coach Heiko Salzwedel talks to Andy Tennant
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Bradley Wiggins awaits the start with his Great Britain teammates

Bradley Wiggins awaits the start with his Great Britain teammates
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Tao Geoghegan Hart enjoys breakfast before the race

Tao Geoghegan Hart enjoys breakfast before the race
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Bradley Wiggins is back in action on the road at the Challenge Mallorca series in Spain, racing with his teammates from the Great Britain squad that will also produce the track riders for the team pursuit and other endurance events at the Track World Championships and Rio Olympics.

Wiggins has a home on the Spanish island and often trains there during the winter. He is one of the big-name riders of the four-race series, which runs until Sunday, along with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo), Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), who won the first race on Thursday.

Wiggins seemed to enjoy returning to road racing after a winter spent training for the track. He avoided getting involved in the attacks, sitting safely at the back of the peloton and using his power to spin up the climbs. He finished 135th in the first race on Thursday and was 145th in the main peloton that finished 18 minutes behind Gianluca Brambilla on Friday.

The Great Britain team also includes Scott Davies, Andy Tennant, Owain Doull, Jonathan Dibben, Chris Latham, Ian Paton and Tao Geoghegan Hart – who made his debut in race two won by Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep). Under the rules of the Challenge Mallorca, riders can swap in and out during the series; with the first and final races more suited to the sprinters, while races two and three head into the hills of Mallorca.

Because he is riding for Great Britain, Wiggins is racing on a Cervelo bike and in the red, white and blue colours of the national team. He will switch to his more often seen WIGGINS team colours and Pinarello bike next week for the Dubai Tour.

This gallery of photos shows Wiggins and his teammates in action in Mallorca and confirm that Wiggins has added several kilos of muscle during the winter in preparation for the high-speed, power work needed for the team pursuit. Cyclingnews understands that Wiggins will team up with Mark Cavendish to ride the Madison event at the Track World Championships in London in early March.