Millar and Wiggins set for Tour clash

Olympic pursuit champion Bradley Wiggins has been confirmed as joining David Millar's former Cofidis

Olympic pursuit champion Bradley Wiggins has been confirmed as joining David Millar's former Cofidis

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Bradley Wiggins, gold medallist in the men's individual pursuit at the Athens Olympics, has signed a two-year contract with French sponsor Cofidis and is now likely to face old rival and fellow British time trial specialist David Millar in the prologue of next year's Tour de France.

Wiggins, who turned professional in 2002 with La Francaise des Jeux, placed seventh in the men's time trial at the recent World Championships in Madrid, a result that will have done his negotiating powers no harm.

The Londoner also won the toughest stage in this year's Tour de l'Avenir, but overall his period with the Credit Agricole team was something of a disappointment, at least in terms of his road racing palmares.

Meanwhile, Millar is thought to be edging closer to signing a deal with Saunier Duval. Procycling has learned that negotiations between Millar, who has recently been training in Tuscany and Majorca, and the Spanish team are advanced. But, contrary to reports elsewhere, a deal has yet to be finally agreed.

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