Bradley Wiggins won the pursuit world title with a time of 4:18.519 but for the pragmatic British rider it was just another job done as he attempts to win three titles during the Manchester world championships.
Wiggins beat Holland?s Jenning Huizenga by almost five seconds, with the Dutchman setting a time of 4:23.474. Russia?s Alexei Markov won the bronze medal with a time of 4:21.097.
?I?m really satisfied. It?s a great relief. To win in Manchester was a fantastic feeling. I?m just pleased I got the job done. I said before I wasn?t bothered about the time, I know what time I was capable of riding,? Wiggins said.
?I got a bit excited in the qualifying ride in the first couple of kilometres and had to throttle back a bit to not do too much damage for the final. In the final it was a just a case of going on a schedule I knew the Dutch guy wouldn?t be able to do.?
?This is about the three events I?ve got to ride and I?m back up here tomorrow (Thursday). We?ve got team pursuit tomorrow and we?re favourites for that. The boys are going really well. I?ve come back in and it?s going to be another exciting day tomorrow.?
Wiggins celebrated with the almost sold out crowd in the velodrome.
?It?s just fantastic. It?s great to ride in any event, the Revolution, a World Cups or the world championships. It?s always well supported by the people and it?s great to win in front of them. It?s certainly one of my best world titles,? he said.
Wiggins talked about Rob Hayles and defended his team mate.
?It was a huge shock to everyone. We found out at lunchtime. He was absolutely gutted. Unfortunately in these cases people jump to the worst-case scenario but it?s just one of those things. Rob?s one of the longest serving riders on this programme and one of the cleanest guys around. It? just as huge shame that it?s happen to a gut like him.?
?Fortunately he?s got a great family around him and I?m sure he?ll be back. We all know Rob Hayles and I?ve got absolutely no doubt whatsoever.?
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