Sir Bradley Wiggins has claimed his first road world title with an exhilarating time trial victory at the World Championships in Ponferrada.
Wiggins, a four time Olympic gold medallist, beat three-time winner Tony Martin by 26.23 seconds in Spain, becoming the first British rider to take world time trial gold since Chris Boardman in 1994.
Having finished runner-up to Martin in 2011 and 2013, Wiggins finally claimed the rainbow jersey on the hilly 47.1 km course.
Speaking after the race the 2012 Tour de France winner said: "I knew coming into it that I had the legs.
"Once I saw the course I realised if I was ever going to beat Tony again it was on a course like this.
"It's been an up and down year - obviously I didn't ride the Tour de France. I want to dedicate this to my family because they had to put up with me when I was at home in July.
"It's my last Road World Championships and I've finished with a gold medal."
Wiggins in control
Wiggins finished with a time of 56:25.52 to deny the German a fourth successive gold medal.
The Team Sky rider never looked like losing out in this year's event, despite trailing Martin by 4.25 seconds at the first time-check. By the final time-check Wiggins had built a lead of 9.64 seconds and extended that in the final 12km to give him victory.
At the finish line Wiggins collapsed to the ground but was able to muster enough energy to raise his thumb in celebration when Martin crossed the line.
Wiggins, who has won six titles on the track, admitted it was fantastic to claim the set as he added to his three national time trial titles and London Olympics gold medal in the discipline.
He said: “To add the world title is just fantastic. Now I’ve got the set.”
It has been an up and down year for the 34-year-old. After winning the Tour of California he missed out of the Tour de France selection with Team Sky, he also had to settle for silver in the team pursuit at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
But this will come as perfect end to the season as Wiggins announced that he intended to return back to the track for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in two years time.
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