London 2012: Wiggins eyes a golden time trial
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has his sights set on the gold medal at today’s cycling time trial
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is full of confidence going into today’s Olympic time trial despite the disappointment of Great Britain failing to win a medal in the men’s road race on Saturday.
The 32-year-old yellow jersey winner who hails from Kilburn will be one of the favourites to grab the gold medal in the 44-kilometre time trial over at Hampton Court Palace and though as the man-of-the-moment he will be the one they are all aiming to beat, Wiggins believes he can cope with that pressure.
“I have 100 per cent faith in the training Tim Kerrison has set me and it is more mental than physical now,” insisted the north west Londoner.
“I think that I have done enough now to realise that there is no reason it is suddenly all going to collapse on Tuesday night.”
It remains to be seen just how much Wiggins took out of himself in the road race, where he and his team-mates were forced to do most of the work on the front of the peloton in a vain attempt to bring back the breakaway leaders.
But Fabian Cancellara, the reigning Olympic champion and many people’s tip to retain his crown, suffered a crushing fall on Saturday and it is unclear how badly affected he may be.
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Wiggins knows that he has to concentrate on himself though.
“My performances all year have been consistent, so I have no reason to think that is going to change, so that comes with age and experience.”
Chris Froome, who finished second in the Tour de France will also represent Great Britain, but it is Wiggins who has the highest expectations when the first competitor comes to the start line at 2.15pm.