Win in Wales helps Wiggins forget Tour de France disappointment

Sir Bradley Wiggins (centre) celebrates with Geriant Thomas (left) and Alex Dowsett (right their podium finish in the Time Trial during day one of the National Time Trial Championships, Monmouthshire.
Sir Bradley Wiggins (centre) celebrates with Geriant Thomas (left) and Alex Dowsett (right their podium finish in the Time Trial during day one of the National Time Trial Championships, Monmouthshire.
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Sir Bradley Wiggins put his Tour de France selection setback behind him to win the national time trial championship in scintillating fashion at Celtic Manor.

Wiggins, Olympic time trial gold medallist at London 2012, flashed around the 25-mile course in just 53 minutes, 56 seconds, despite persistent rain.

It gave him a winning margin of 68 seconds over his Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas, while Movistar’s Alex Dowsett - who had been chasing a fourth successive crown - finished third.

Although Team Sky have yet to announce their group for the Tour, 2012 winner Wiggins is resigned to not being part of it.

He will instead set his sights on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month and Tour of Spain.

“It is what it is,” Wiggins said. “I think the team they are sending (to the Tour de France) is an incredible team.

“You’ve got a defending champion (Chris Froome) who is going to be the favourite to win it, you have got the likes of Geraint, who could win on Sunday and take the British road title into the Tour, so the team that is going...you couldn’t fault it really.

“With my crash in Switzerland, I probably lacked some preparation, so it came down that there were probably eight better guys that could go in front of me.

“I would have liked to have been there, but the squad is so strong now.

“It’s disappointing on a personal level, but I think from a team point of view they have probably put the strongest squad up as it stands today.”

Assessing his mesmerising display in and around Newport - it gave him a third national time trial title - Wiggins added: “To wear this jersey in Europe is always a privilege.

“This will probably be my last British time trial championship, so to win it is a nice way to end it, as it were, and add it to the Olympic title.

“Any time trial you go into as Olympic champion, you want to win it. This is probably the best national championship they have had in terms of the standard.”