Wiggins wins first European track title as GB celebrate double gold

Sir Bradley Wiggins helped Great Britain to gold in Grenchen

There was double gold for Great Britain at the European Track Cycling Championships in Grenchen as the men and the women delivered dominant displays in the team pursuit on Thursday.

Sir Bradley Wiggins claimed his first European track title as he helped Owain Doull, Andy Tennant and Jon Dibben beat Switzerland by more than two seconds, with their time of 3mins 55.243secs only four seconds behind the world record - set by Britain at the 2012 Olympics - despite difficult atmospheric conditions.

Wiggins led the celebrations as he punched the air, with this event another key stepping stone on the Tour de France winner's road to Rio and the 2016 Olympics. This was Wiggins' first 2016 qualifying event since his decision to return to the track from road racing, and the gold was his first on the track since the 2008 Olympics.

The women were even more dominant in their final as they managed to pass the Russian team just two kilometres in.

Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell Shand finished in a time of 4:17.010, less than four seconds shy of the world record despite needing to move off line to get past the Russians.

"I just love the track and I always want to come back," Wiggins said on British Eurosport. "The road was sort of something I did to make some money and I ended up getting successful at it, but I love this competition.

"That was classic team pursuiting there against a nation that has pushed us in every round. Until the end there, the last few laps, it wasn't in the bag and we had to fight and that is the spectacle of the team pursuit. I just love it.

"I'm not getting any younger, I'm 35 now, so I want concentrate on the team pursuit and earn my place in the Olympics. With these guys now, don't underestimate how good they are. I'm like an old boxer coming back to the ring. You don't want to get knocked down."

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