Bradley Wiggins wins 2014 time trial world title

Bradley Wiggins wins the time trial world title in Ponferrada, Spain, beating defending champion Tony Martin by 26 seconds

World Road Championships - Mens TT
Bradley Wiggins in the Elite Mens TT at the 2014 World Road Championships
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Sir Bradley Wiggins added the time trial world title to his burgeoning palmares today with a dominant, but perfectly paced ride in Ponferrada, Spain.

Wiggins beat three time world champion Tony Martin by 26 seconds, on the lumpy course on what was his last attempt at the title.

"I knew I had the legs and when I saw the course I knew if I was ever going to beat Tony it was going to be on a course like this." Wiggins said immediately after his winning ride. "When I know the form is there I'm quite relaxed, it was just a case of waiting around today. I had a good team time trial so I knew I was strong. I knew the difference would  be made in the final loop [on] those climbs, I paced it perfectly, I was pushing it all the way."

"It's been an up and down year. I want to dedicate this to my family, they had to put up with me when I was home in July....... My last world time trial title what a way to finish."

Wiggins also confirmed that the hour record would be his next target, and is expected to make an attempt at the record next June. The record, along with a win in Paris-Roubaix, are perhaps the only two results missing from his incredible, and varied, palmares.

"To add the world title to the British and Olympic title, I've got the set. along with all the pursuit world titles, it's fantastic."

RESULT

Elite men's time trial world championship

1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) 56:25.52

2. Tony Martin (Ger) +26.23

3. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) +40.64

4. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) +47.92

5. Rohan Dennis (Aus) +57.74

6. Adriano Malori (Ita) +1:11.62

7. Nelson Oliveira (Po) +1:21.63

8. Anton Vorobyev (Rus) +1:29.66

9. Jan Barta (Cze) +1:43.41

10. Jonathan Castroviejo (Esp) +1:44.20

Other

20. Alex Dowsett (GBr) +2:35.10

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Bradley Wiggins in the Elite Mens TT at the 2014 World Road Championships

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Bradley Wiggins on his way to winning the 2014 world time trial title

Tony Martin in the Elite Men's TT at the 2014 World Road Championships

Tony Martin settled for silver
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Alex Dowsett in the elite men's time trial, World Championships 2014

Alex Dowsett admitted that he felt fatigued during the event
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Tom Dumoulin in the Elite Men's TT at the 2014 World Road Championships

Tom Dumoulin came home for third to complete the 2014 podium
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Tony Martin, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Tom Dumoulin on the podium after the Elite Mens TT at the 2014 World Championships

Tony Martin, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Tom Dumoulin on the podium
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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. In that time he has written product reviews, features 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. Once an aspiring bike racer himself, he can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer.