Published: 14 September 2012
Report: Team Sky
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Bradley Wiggins has been forced to withdraw from the Tour of Britain due to a stomach bug. He did not start Friday's stage in Welshpool and is returning home to recover before next week's world Championships.
Speaking after his withdrawal, Wiggins said: "I'm sorry to have to pull out of the Tour.
"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.
"I'd also like to wish Mark, Luke, Bernie, Christian and Jez all the best for the last three stages of the Tour. Sorry I can't be there."