Sir Bradley Wiggins: Tour of Britain hopes Olympic champion will compete
Tour of Britain organisers hope 2013 winner Sir Bradley Wiggins will compete in the race for a possible final time as an Olympic champion.
Wiggins, 35, wants to ride on the track at the Olympics in Brazil in August ahead of a potential British finale.
Tour of Britain director Mick Bennett said: "The Wiggins team have verbally committed to me, and hopefully that can be a lap of honour for them with gold medals around their necks."
The tour runs from 4-11 September.
Wiggins, who won the Tour de France in 2012 and is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is riding at the Track World Championships in London in March.
"Bradley is such an icon, such a rock star, and it would be great for him to tour the country before closing down an amazing career," added Bennett.
|Tour of Britain stage-by-stage|
|Stage One: Sunday, 4 September||Glasgow to Castle Douglas (168 kilometres)|
|Stage Two: Monday, 5 September||Carlisle to Kendal (195km)|
|Stage Three: Tuesday, 6 September||Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford (182km)|
|Stage Four: Wednesday, 7 September||Denbigh to Builth Wells (217km)|
|Stage Five: Thursday, 8 September||Aberdare to Bath (205km)|
|Stage Six: Friday, 9 September||Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor (150km)|
|Stage Seven (a): Saturday, 10 September||Bristol Individual Time Trial (15km)|
|Stage Seven (b): Saturday, 10 September||Bristol Circuit Race (76.5km)|
|Stage Eight: Sunday, 11 September||London (100km)|
"I don't know if this will be the toughest edition of the race yet but I think it should be the most exciting, and it's certainly the most spectator-friendly.
"Spectators will be able to see far more of the race than ever before."
The eight-stage Tour - which will coincide with the Vuelta a Espana in Spain - will begin in Glasgow before taking the riders through the Lake District, Cheshire, Denbighshire and south Wales.
It will feature a return to the popular summit finish at Haytor on Dartmoor, a split-stage in Bristol, which includes a time-trial and a five-lap road race, ahead of the circuit finish in London.
Last year's race was won by Edvald Boasson Hagen, racing for the MTN-Qhubeka team, which is now known as Team Dimension Data and includes British sprinter Mark Cavendish.