Upbeat Wiggins targets Vuelta return

Bradley Wiggins says surgery on his broken collarbone has been a success.

Maida Vale’s three-time Olympic champion was forced out of the Tour de France after being hurt in a high-speed crash.

He will miss the Tour of Britain and the British time-trial Championships, but hopes to return for the Vuelta a Espana and then compete in September’s World Championships road time-trial.

“Feeling more human this evening and am already planning for end of the season,” Wiggins wrote on Twitter.

He added: “All focus on WorldsTT now as the big one for the end of the season with most likely prep being the Vuelta, which will be a first for me.”

The 31-year-old was involved in a collision 40km from the end of the 218km seventh Tour stage from Le Mans to Chateauroux, which was won by fellow Briton Mark Cavendish.

Wiggins later underwent an operation to have plates inserted to support his collarbone.