Bradley Wiggins successfully defended his pursuit world title tonight in Manchester, beating surprise package Jenning Huizenga to the gold medal.

It is Wiggins’ third world title in this discipline and confirms his status as the world’s number one pursuiter. Huizenga, who qualified faster than Wiggins in this afternoon’s session, started faster, but by the end of the first kilometre Wiggins was back in control.

As the race went on Wiggins slowly built a lead, and the race was over as a contest after the three kilometre mark. The Brit eventually posted a time of 4:18.519 minutes as the Dutchman collapsed to a time of 4:23.474 minutes.

The bronze medal went to Alexei Markov of Russia.

Wiggins will return to the track tomorrow to ride the team pursuit, where he is likely to add to his gold medal collection. British Cycling staff tonight confirmed that Steven Burke will not compete in the team pursuit, instead concentrating on the scratch race.

Britain?s five riders for the team pursuit are, Ed Clancy, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas, Steve Cummings and Bradley Wiggins.

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