Sir Bradley Wiggins added yet another golden line to his illustrious CV after winning the world time trial title with a stunning ride in Ponferrada, Spain.
The 34-year-old, who arrived in Spain having won the final time trial at the Tour of Britain, dethroned three-time champion Tony Martin to win gold, with the German, winner in 2011, 2012 and 2013, forced to settle for second.
Wiggins stopped the clock in 56 minutes 25 seconds over the 47.1km course, with Martin, who was last to roll off the start ramp as defending champion, 26 seconds down, and bronze medallist Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) a further 14 seconds adrift.
Wiggins’ palmares now includes a Tour de France victory, the Olympic time trial title, three national time trial titles, three Olympic track gold medals and six track World Championship gold medals.
Wiggins dedicated his latest victory to his family having been left out of Team Sky’s Tour de France squad in July.
“I don’t know what to say really,” said Wiggins. “I knew coming into it that I had the legs and once I saw the course that if ever I was going to beat Tony [Martin] again it was going to be on a course like this.
“It’s been an up and down year. I didn’t ride the Tour, so I want to dedicate this to my family because my wife and kids were there for me through the whole summer and they had to put up with me in July. My last world time trial championships and I have a gold medal. What more can I say.”
Wiggins is the second British rider to win the world time trial title after Chris Boardman in 1994 and Wiggins will next year turn his attention to another event which Boardman made his own – the hour record.
“That’s the next thing now,” added Wiggins, who will attempt to beat the new record of 51.115km set by Jens Voigt last week. For now, however, Wiggins can savour a victory which had eluded him after silver medals behind Martin in 2011 and 2013.
“To add the world title to the British title and the Olympic title – I’ve got the set,” he said.
UCI Road World Championships 2014: elite men’s time trial – result
1) Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) – 56:25.52 minutes
2) Tony Martin (Germany) +26.23
3) Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) +40.64
4) Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) +47.92
5) Rohan Dennis (Australia) +57.74
6) Adriano Malori (Italy) +1:11.62
7) Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) +1:21.63
8) Anton Vorobyev (Russia) +1:29.66
9) Jan Barta (Czech Republic) +1:43.41
10) Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) +1:44.20
20) Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) +2:35.10