Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky narrowly missed out on a medal in the men’s team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Spain as BMC Racing scooped the gold medal.
Team Sky, led by four-time Olympic gold medallist Wiggins and including fellow Brit Geraint Thomas, finished the 57.1km course in Ponferrada in a time of 1:04.07 – two seconds outside the podium places.
BMC Racing completed the course in 1:03.29.85, 32 seconds ahead of Orica-GreeneEdge who took silver while two-time defending champions Omega Pharma-Quick-Step claimed bronze.
Team Sky set off strongly but were reduced from six riders to four when Thomas and Salvatore Puccio dropped out early on and, despite being second after 48.9km, the remaining riders wilted in the final quarter.
Britain’s Alex Dowsett was also involved in the men’s race as he helped his Movistar team finish sixth.
In the women’s team time trial, Olympic road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead helped her Boels-Dolmans team finish fifth as Specialized-lululemon claimed the title for the third consecutive year.
The American team completed the 36.1km course in a time of 43.33.35 to finish more than a minute ahead of Orica-AIS with Armitstead’s team finishing 2.26 down on the winners.
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