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Cavendish to join Wiggins at Tour of Britain

ESPN staff
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Mark Cavendish will join Bradley Wiggins at the Tour of Britain after Team Sky confirmed their six-man team for the race.

Wiggins, who is taking a break after London 2012, will make his first appearance in Team Sky colours since his Tour de France victory.

The Olympic time trial champion, who had already confirmed he would be racing in his home event, will be joined by world road race champion Cavendish for the race which begins on September 9 in Ipswich.

Bernhard Eisel, Jeremy Hunt, Christian Knees and Thomas Lofkvist complete the six-man line-up.

"To have the reigning Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion, and the current world champion competing in The Tour of Britain is a dream for us," race director Mick Bennett said.

"We are delighted that The Tour of Britain will be the first chance for many British fans to see Bradley Wiggins since his Tour de France and Olympic successes. We are also very pleased that Mark Cavendish will do the race again so he can show off the rainbow stripes in front of home fans."

It could be the last time Cavendish and Wiggins compete together in Team Sky colours after Wiggins admitted the sprinter needed to leave the team in order to advance his career.

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