Wiggins reinforces McCartney Tour aim

The Olympic bronze medallist Bradley Wiggins has signed for the Linda McCartney professional team at the age of 20.

The Olympic bronze medallist Bradley Wiggins has signed for the Linda McCartney professional team at the age of 20.

"He has a great future in road racing," the McCartney manager, Sean Yates, said as he continued his work of building a squad with the aim of securing an invitation to compete in next year's Tour de France.

Since he began racing five years ago, Wiggins has also won the world junior pursuit title, a Commonwealth silver and 12 British championships.

The Olympic champion Jason Queally heads the British team at the World Track Championships. The 30-year-old from Preston will compete in his gold medal-winning event, the one kilometre time trial, and will also team up with Scotland's Craig Maclean and Chris Hoy in the Olympic sprint.

The Australian rider Anna Wilson set a world record yesterday, cycling 43.501 kilometres in a one-hour circuit of a new velodrome in Melbourne with a 250-metre track. She rode the distance on a standard track bike to break the 1978 mark of 43.082 set by Cornella Van Oosten-Hage of the Netherlands.

WORLD TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS (Manchester Velodrome, 24-29 Oct): British team: Men: Hoy (City of Edinburgh RT), Queally (Lancaster CC), Maclean (City of Edinburgh RT), Hayles (Athletes 1), Manning (BCF Private Member), Clay (SLBM), Newton (Middridge CRT), Steel (Team Chigwell), Wiggins (SG Bollington). Women: Forrester (BCF), McGregor (Alsager adidas MRT).

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