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Bradley Wiggins shows Tour of Britain race rivals a clean pair of wheels in Knowsley Safari Park time trial stage
3:33pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
SIR Bradley Wiggins rediscovered his roar at Knowsley Safari Park this afternoon as he pulverised his Tour of Britain rivals to win the time trial stage and pull on the race leader's Golden Jersey.
Wiggo, last year's Tour de France hero, put all this season's injury woes behind him to show a clean pair of wheels to the rest of the riders in the 16k time trial which he won by a wide margin in an amazing sub-20 minute ride.
The Sky Pro Cycling rider finished 32 seconds ahead of his team mate Ian Stannard with Kiwi rider Jack Bauer of Garmin Sharp 42 seconds away in third.
He now takes a 33 second lead into stage four of the race, which Sky will be aiming to protect until the final race in London on Sunday.
Speaking after the event, Wiggins who trains on local roads and sharpens his time triallling skills on Rainford Bypass, told how living 'just up the road' meant he was able to test out the circuit ahead of today's big test. He also said how important it was for him to have family and friends cheering him on at the roadside.
Certainly attention to detail paid off for the Sky rider, who added that in the race warm-up he had gone round several of the sharp bends on the course at ever-increasing speeds to test just how fast he could take them.
Knowsley Council estimates 3,000 people turned out to watch the riders.
Wiggins said: "I've made no secret that I really want to do well in this race .
"I had to win today, whatever. The conditions weren't ideal for me, but I thought I'd rather end up in hospital today than be beaten, so it was 100per cent commitment.
"I didn't flinch on the roundabouts in the wet, and fortunately the hospitals are close to where I live, so my wife could have visited me. I knew that...I was prepared to end up in hospital than lose the race today. It went perfect.”
"We're in a great position. Yesterday I was quite worried about Gerald Ciolek, because if he takes time bonuses every day, Edvald Boasson Hagen won this race like that. He's [Ciolek] a good climber, and I thought it would be difficult, but I've taken a nice chunk of time out of him today, and hopefully that's enough.”
With the weather conditions steadily improving the roads got progressively drier for the later starters, although Wiggins was the only man to dip below the 20-minute mark.
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