WIGGINS WINS PURSUIT GOLD

Bradley Wiggins pursuit world champ

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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Simon Richardson
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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.