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Wiggins keen to win in London

Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis)

Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis) (Image credit: Sirotti)

British cycling champion Bradley Wiggins is excited about the prospect of a Tour de France stage win in 2007, when the prologue makes a five-mile turn around his hometown of London. "It is a real cliche, but it is like a dream come true for me," Wiggins told the Birmingham Post in reaction to the Tour route announcement.

Raised in Maida Vale in north London, Wiggins has gold medals on the track in the Olympics and World Championships, but had a rude awakening riding in his first Tour de France this year with the French Cofidis team. "It's so bloody hard that you can't envisage doing it again."

But the chance to race, and perhaps win, on home soil in the biggest event in his sport is tempting Wiggins to at least start next July. "The Tour de France is billed as the biggest sporting event in the world," Wiggins said. "When it descends on London, it will be incredible."

However, Wiggins will not be the only Brit prologue specialist gunning for a win, as David Millar has already stated his intention to focus on a home-soil win as well.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.