Wiggins previews Worlds course with medal in mind

Bradley Wiggins completed three laps of training on the World Championships time trial course yesterday and will likely follow one of the Under 23 riders today in Copenhagen. His goal is a medal on Wednesday.

“I hope so,” Wiggins told Cycling Weekly, “that’s certainly what I’ve been aiming for.”

Despite the crisp and cool 16°C weather, Wiggins appeared relaxed after his training ride yesterday. He said that he has reason to be thankful for his results this season.

“I’m not under pressure any more.”

Wiggins won the Critérium du Dauphiné stage race in June and placed himself as a favourite for the Tour de France. A crash and subsequent fractured collarbone ended his race early, but he bounced back quickly. At the Vuelta a España, he wore the leader’s jersey and finished third overall, behind Sky team-mate, Chris Froome.

He has trained at home in Manchester since finishing the Spanish race to keep his form.

“I just kept my momentum,” Wiggins said, “with a view to doing well here.”

Wiggins last competed at the 2009 Worlds in Mendrisio, where he placed 20th. His best result was seventh in Madrid in 2005. The 46.4-kilometre Copenhagen course, two 23.2-kilometre circuits, is the flattest in some time. Wiggins warned the wind may affect the race when it travels north of the city, close to the Øresund straight.

Sky’s race coach, Rod Ellingworth told Cycling Weekly that the Copenhagen course “is right up his street.”

Besides British team-mate, David Millar, Wiggins explained the two standout favourites are four-time winner, Swiss Fabian Cancellara and German Tony Martin.

“It’s going to be close because there’s not much give in the course, there’s not a place where you really lose a lot. It’s just real physical, who can sustain the best for an hour,” Wiggins said.

“I’ll just try to get as close to them as possible. You never know, you may beat them.”

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