‘Wiggins can win first world title’

Sir Bradley Wiggins has the form to win his first world time trial title in Spain on Wednesday, according to British team-mate Geraint Thomas.

Wiggins, 34, was second in 2011 and 2013 to Germany’s Tony Martin, the man he beat to win Olympic gold in 2012.

“Brad’s got a huge chance of winning,” Thomas told BBC Sport.

“He showed in Sunday’s team time trial that he’s got good legs. He has had this race in his mind all year. The 47.1km course in Spain will suit him.”

Wiggins helped Team Sky take fourth in Sunday’s

team time trial,

despite Thomas and Salvatore Puccio falling off the pace early in the race.

He won the

time trial

at the Tour of Britain earlier this month and his

third national time trial title

in June, ending a run of three consecutive victories for Alex Dowsett, Britain’s other competitor in Wednesday’s race in Ponferrada, north-western Spain.

“Alex has had a good year with a few decent time trial results and he has a decent chance of getting in the top 10,” added Thomas, 28.

“Brad’s main rival for the victory will be

Martin.

My Belarusian Team Sky team-mate Vasil Kiryienka is in great form, as he too showed in the team time trial, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do well. It’s a long time trial and that will suit him.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/29327098

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