Today marks the start of the GiveMeSport 2014 Moments.
Each day we will announce a sporting highlight from 2014 with the countdown culminating with the Number 1 moment being announced on New Year's Eve. Starting off the countdown at Number 30 is Bradley Wiggins achieving a life ambition by winning gold in the Individual Time Trial at the World Road Championships.
From a dream 2012 which culminated in Tour de France and Olympic glory, to the disappointment in 2013 of Giro d’Italia failure and the shift in Team Sky leadership to Chris Froome, Wiggins would have be forgiven to forget about the road season and concentrate purely on his bid to ride on the track in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Instead of giving up on road ambitions completely, the man from Kilburn re-evaluated his previous Grand Tour ambitions which now seemed unlikely to be achieved whilst at Team Sky.
Personal goals of riding a competitive Paris-Roubaix and Tour of California were achieved with 9th and 1st place finishes respectably. However the end of season World Road Championships and more specifically the Individual Time Trial has always been seen as a title that Wiggins should have won in his career.
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It is not without trying as he has come up against a couple of the greatest riders against the clock in history, in the form of Fabian Cancellera and Tony Martin. After silver medal finishes in 2011 and 2013 behind Martin another defeat to the German against the clock would have left a great deal of frustration and a career despite a huge amount of success with the feeling of unfinished business.
The 47.10 km Ponferrada course was suited to the slightly built and better climber in Wiggins compared to a pure powerhouse like Martin with two climbs coming in the last 15 km.
Despite the favoured profile for the British time trial champion, Martin started the race as the bookmakers favourite. The three time world time trial champion backed up his previous credentials and used the flatter part of the course to lead at the first time check by four seconds over Wiggins.
This lead was reversed by the second time check and then double by the third to a nine second advantage as Wiggo paced his ride perfectly into the final ascent with just over 15 km to go.
Having crested the climb knowing only a poor descent into the finish would stop him from winning his maiden world road title, Wiggins threw himself down the final hill to banish nightmares from his 2013 Giro campaign where his descending skills were severely brought into question.
The Brit posted a time 56 minutes and 25 seconds with an average speed of over 50 kilometres an hour to go into the provisional lead with just Tony Martin to finish.
Wiggins collapsed in exhaustion with scenes reminiscent of London 2012 and the confusion as to whether he had won or not, before a thumbs up from one of his coaches confirmed that the German had completed the course 26 seconds slower than his time. The Netherlands' Tom Dumoulin finished in third place, 40 seconds down on the newly crowned World Champion.
Whether we see Wiggins compete in his rainbow world champion jersey in 2015 is another question as he now focusses attention to the track and breaking the historic hour record as well as winning gold in the team pursuit in Rio 2016.
Even if he doesn't achieve these ambitious targets, there can be no doubt that he would go down as one of, if not, the greatest British cyclists in history.
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