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Sir Bradley Wiggins praised for excellent time trial

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Sir Dave Brailsford believes Sir Bradley Wiggins is one of the greats of British cycling after winning gold in the World Championship time trial.

Wiggins powered to victory in Wednesday's time trial event beating defending champion Tony Martin who was the clear favourite going into the race.

This is the first time that the Briton has won the world time trial title and with it being the last time he enters the World Championships it seems the perfect way to finish.

Wiggins now holds the Olympic, national and world time trial titles all at the same time meaning some would say he is officially the best in the world at this discipline.

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Brailsford: Wiggins is still hungry to win

Team Sky principal, Brailsford, admitted it was one of the best time trials he has seen and believes Wiggins still wants to race on the road.

According to Sky Sports, Brailsford said: “It was a healthy margin in the end, that’s for sure. It’s one of the best-executed time trial rides I have ever seen and it was a fitting way for Brad to get that title.

“He is one of the greats. He is iconic now in the world of British sport and I think he can still go on from here. He has still got ambitions for Rio [the 2016 Olympic Games], Paris-Roubaix and for the hour record.

“He is hungry and still wants to keep adding to what is already an incredible roster of titles.”

Brailsford have been acting as head coach for Great Britain at the World Championships in Ponferrada but he will return to his position at team Sky after the competition.

New deal close

The 50 year old is also confident that Wiggins will ride for Sky next year because they are close to extending his deal, part of which will include riding in the 2016 Olympics.

“We are very close. We are looking at putting together a package which isn’t a traditional sort of contract. It’s more built around supporting him through to Rio and giving him some options on the road with Team Sky next year.

“It’s a creative idea and we are working on it. It is looking optimistic and it would be great to carry on to try to get more titles.”

If Team Sky are going to win any Grand Tours next year I think it is key to have Wiggins as part of the team.

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