SIR Bradley Wiggins is once again set to be the star attraction when the Tour of Britain cycle race roars into Knowsley Safari Park next week.
After successfully hosting the finish of stage two in the 2012 Tour of Britain, Knowsley Safari has been given an even bigger job this year - acting as both the start and finish of the stage three 10-mile individual time trial.
Next Tuesday (September 17) competitors will set off from Knowsley Safari one-by-one in a 16km race against the clock.
The route, sure to be lined with scores of spectators, will see them first head towards St Helens along the Prescot Bypass before ducking into Prescot along Liverpool Road and over the M57.
A traditional time trialling distance in the UK, the 10-mile route was chosen in celebration of the 10 years since the modern Tour of Britain was revived.
It will mark only the fourth time an individual time trial has been included on the route.
Tour de France 2012 champion and multiple Olympic medal-winner Sir Bradley Wiggins - a strong time triallist - will be among the favourites to claim the stage win.
Joining Wiggins on the Sky Pro Cycling team will be fellow British riders Josh Edmondson and Ian Stannard plus Australian Mathew Hayman, Austrian Bernhard Eisel and Spaniard David Lopez.
Also set to line up in this year’s Tour of Britain is Manx sprinting star, and multiple Tour de France stage winner, Mark Cavendish and Nairo Quintana - one of the surprise packages of this year’s Tour de France.