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Bradley Wiggins targets World Championship win

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Sir Bradley Wiggins is targeting a gold medal in Wednesday's World Championship time trial.

Wiggins won the silver medal in the time trial last year after losing to Tony Martin by 46 seconds.

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The 34-year-old finished third in the general classification of the Tour of Britain but managed to win the time trial on stage eight. The Briton beat Sylvain Chavanel by eight seconds.

Preparations

According to Cycling Weekly, Wiggins believes the time trial in the Tour of Britain has really helped him prepare for the World Championships.

Wiggins said: “The London time trial showed me that I’ve got all the bands of intensity covered,” the Englishman said in a team Sky press release.

“Time trialling is quite a linear thing and if that top-end’s there in an effort like that you only have to scale your power down a little bit to achieve a ride that’s sustainable over one hour, like we’ll be doing in Ponferrada.

"It was a good yardstick for me, and was reassuring ahead of the Worlds.”

Unstoppable Martin

If Wiggins is to win the gold medal he will have to beat Martin who has been in unstoppable form this year. The German is a time trial specialist and has already won seven time trials this year including winning at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.

Martin is definitely the rider to beat and it should be a good battle between the two riders as both have the potential to win gold.

Wiggins admits he feels confident going into Wednesday's race and thinks he has what it takes to beat Martin.

“This year’s course probably suits me a little bit better than it did against Tony last year, and there’s also an element of the unknown with where he’s at right now.”

"Tony’s been so dominant all year and this race will be about whether he’s sustained that form. He won the time trial at the Vuelta a España but he didn’t look as convincing there as he did at the Tour,” Wiggins continued.

“It’s one of those things though, it’s so unknown. I thought I’d be closer to him last year but he put 42 seconds into me, so you can’t predict what other riders are going to do.

“I feel with the form I’m in though, I should be in the ball park, and we’ll see where we are on the day. In the back of your mind you build yourself up mentally and I’m telling myself there is a chance I could win it.”

Pedigree

Wiggins has won three time trials this year including the National Time Trial Championships, a stage of the Tour of California and a stage of the Tour of Britain.

In my opinion I don't think Wiggins will be able to beat Martin because I think Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider is the best at time trials in the World and unless he has an off day it is hard to see the Briton beating him.

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