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Bradley Wiggins not done yet, wins World Championships time trial

Bradley Wiggins

PONFERRADA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain stands on the podium after winning the Elite Men’s Individual Time Trial on day four of the UCI Road World Championships - Day Four on September 24, 2014 in Ponferrada, Spain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Bradley Wiggins’ days as a Grand Tour rider may be finished, but he’s still among the world’s greatest cyclists.

The Brit proved that Wednesday, winning his first World Road Cycling Championships time trial in Ponferrada, Spain, by 26 seconds over three-time reigning World champion Tony Martin of Germany on a 47km course.
“I don’t know what to say,” Wiggins said, according to VeloNews. “I knew coming into it that I had the legs. Once I saw the course, I knew if I was ever going to beat Tony again it was going to be in course like this.”

Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour de France in 2012 and captured the London Olympic time trial, also over Martin, later that summer.

At 34, he became the oldest World champion in the time trial since the event debuted with Brit Chris Boardman‘s victory in 1994.

Wiggins will become the most decorated British Olympian of all time if he wins one medal in Rio de Janeiro, should he make the team.

That would seem more likely on the track than on the road, since the velodrome offers the four-man team pursuit in which Great Britain excels. It has made the podium in the team pursuit at the last four Games, three times with Wiggins. Wiggins said Wednesday Ponferrada marked his last World Road Cycling Championships time trial, according to Agence France-Presse.

Next year, he wants to take a crack at the hour record in June. German Jens Voigt broke that mark last week.

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