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Wiggins takes British title and now looks for rainbow jersey

June 26, 2014 23:20 pm

Sir Bradley Wiggins is looking to complete his set of time trial titles later this year after a storming ride secured him the national jersey in Monmouthshire.

Wiggins, who is not competing in next week's Tour de France, produced a sensational ride over the 26-mile course in Wales, finishing a minute clear of Geraint Thomas, with defending champion Alex Dowsett completing the podium.

It's the third time Wiggins has claimed the British title, having won in 2009 and 2010.

“This is probably my last British time trial championship so to win it, and perhaps never come back again, is a nice way to end it," he said.

"I've got the British title and the Olympic title and it would be nice to win the world title for the first time later this year."

Wiggins is a two-time world silver medallist, in 2013 and 2011, and is set to focus on this year's event in Ponferrada, Spain in the absence of competing in Le Tour.

Meanwhile, Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley took the women’s title for the third time by an impressive margin from Katie Archibald and Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey.

Pooley, who won the world time trial title in 2010, revelled in the hilly conditions of the Monmouthshire course and was the last woman to ride before rain set in.

"It's been quite a few years since I've ridden the national championships so actually I think every time I've ridden it, I've won it," said Pooley, who last won domestic honours in 2010. "It's really special because it's quite a while since I've won a race.

"I try to not think about the other riders in a time-trial. I can't affect how they ride and all you can do is do your best and if someone's quicker, then good on them.

"I think Katie Archibald did an awesome ride. I'm really impressed - she's quite a talent."

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