Together with Spaniards Sebastian Mora and Albert Torres, the British pair fought doggedly over five kilometres to gain a lap on the field, and not even a late Cavendish crash denied them the world title they previously won together in Manchester in 2008.
“A month after [the Manchester Worlds victory, Cavendish] won his first Giro stage,” said Wiggins. “We went onto conquer the World in eight years.
“Like Barack Obama, over eight years we’ve had a good term in presidency. It’s come back full circle and we’ve won it again.”
For Cavendish, it was his third track title, all of which have come in the Madison discipline. “Brad and I compliment each other really well, it’s the perfect pairing for the 50 kilometres,” he said.
“We were talking about it before, when we won our first title together, we’d never won a Tour stage between us. This was the perfect close to that.
“It’s the last international Madison we’ll ride together, and if I don’t get selected for Rio, it’ll be the last international competition we do together.”
Although the pair are hopeful of competing in the rainbow jersey at this year’s Ghent and London Six Days, Wiggins believes that the images of he and Cavendish from their years racing together will stand the test of time.
He said: “I think what we’ve done together, those images on the Champs-Élysées together, Copenhagen when he won [the world road title in 2011] there, me leading him out in those Tour stages when I was wearing yellow and he was road world champion – in 50 years’ time, think what those images are going to be like.”