Sir Bradley Wiggins didn’t get many outings in his World Time Trial Champion’s kit, but he won 50 per cent of the time trials he took part in.
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Granted, that was only one out of two, and he came a disappointing third in a weak field at the Tour of Qatar, but he made up for it with a storming performance at the Three Days of De Panne.
Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff had dominated stages one, two and three (a), but Wiggins was not to be outshone by the sprinter (although Kristoff put in a phenomenal time trial).
Wiggins beat BMC’s Stefan Küng, who may one day join Wiggins as a World Champion, by ten seconds over the 14.2km course to end the race, but he wasn’t able to gain enough time on Kristoff – who finished third, 18 seconds back – to win the overall title.
Indeed, Trek’s Stijn Devolder also put in a strong performance to finish 19 seconds down on Wiggins, enough to pip the Brit into second place overall.