Bug ends Wiggins' Tour bid
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has withdrawn from the Tour of Britain on Friday with a stomach bug, Team Sky have announced.
Wiggins was a non-starter on Friday's sixth stage from Welshpool to Caerphilly.
Team Sky wrote on Twitter: "Unfortunately Bradley Wiggins was unable to start stage six of the Tour of Britain today after picking up a stomach bug."
The 32-year-old won the Tour on July 22 and his fourth Olympic gold on August 1.
He was 41st overall after stage five to Stoke, 12 minutes three seconds behind race leader Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEdge). The race concludes in Guildford on Sunday.
"I'm sorry to have to pull out of the Tour," said Wiggins on Team Sky's official website.
"I've loved the last six days, meeting so many people around the country and enjoying those crowds along the roads. It's been a great experience, but this bug sadly means I'll now miss the climax this weekend.
"I'm sorry I can't continue and would like to thank all those fans, of all ages, for the support. Those fans have really inspired us this week and this summer."
Wiggins was earlier this month named in the Great Britain long list for the road World Championships, which take place in Holland next week.
Due to his non-participation in the sixth stage, Wiggins' Tour of Britain is now over and he will not be able to resume the race.
Stage seven takes place from Barnstaple to Dartmouth on Saturday, with the eighth and final stage in Surrey beginning in Reigate.