Rio 2016 Olympics: Sir Bradley Wiggins will not be Team GB flag bearer

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Sir Bradley Wiggins

Wiggins is looking to add to his seven Olympic medals in Rio

Sir Bradley Wiggins has ruled himself out of being Team GB’s flag bearer at the Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony.

It is understood that Wiggins, 36, told British Cycling in July that the honour should go to a female rider.

With seven medals, including four golds, he is Britain’s most decorated Olympian alongside fellow cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, who was flag bearer in 2012.

Boxer Nicola Adams, long-distance runner Jo Pavey and tennis player Andy Murray are among the contenders.

The decision will be announced by the British Olympic Association on Wednesday.

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