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Wiggins wants a trouble-free Tour

PUBLISHED: 14:29 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 August 2010

By Ziad Chaudry BRADLEY Wiggins begins his third Tour de France this weekend in the glamorously rich Riviera surroundings of Monaco. And the 29-year-old triple Olympic gold medallist and Garmin-Slipstream team rider from Maida Vale will be hoping to avoid

By Ziad Chaudry

BRADLEY Wiggins begins his third Tour de France this weekend in the glamorously rich Riviera surroundings of Monaco.

And the 29-year-old triple Olympic gold medallist and Garmin-Slipstream team rider from Maida Vale will be hoping to avoid the doping controversy that ended his Tour in 2007.

Wiggins' team at the time, Corfidis, withdrew after stage 11 when disgraced Italian team-mate Cristian Moreni failed a drugs test.

But the Londoner has been red-hot on the saddle since his heroics in Beijing last summer - when he struck gold in both the individual and team pursuit - claiming stage wins in the Tour of Qatar and Three Days of De Panne, as well as the recent Beaumont Trophy Road Race in Newcastle.

He completed his Tour preparations last Sunday by finishing well down the field at the British National Road Race Championships in Abergavenny.

Wiggins, who is rumoured to be joining the newly-formed all British Team Sky outfit next year, will be one of the favourites to claim the yellow jersey in Saturday's 15.5km individual time trial around the streets of the principality.

Later in the week the Tour takes in Marseille, Montpellier, and Perpignan before heading into the Spanish cities of Girona and Barcelona and finishing on July 26 at the famous home stretch of Champs-:lysées, Paris.


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