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Saturday 3 December 2016

Wiggins has no regrets

Bradley Wiggins has no regrets after his bid for one last victory for Team Sky fell short in the Paris-Roubaix.

The 2012 Tour de France winner, who is quitting the team in order to ride for his own squad, 'Wiggins', before a return to the track ahead of the Rio Olympics, had wanted to sign off from what he called a "golden era" with a win in one of the sport's most prestigious races.

But it was not to be as Germany's John Degenkolb produced the perfect race to cross the line first at the end of a gruelling 151-mile trek, which took in 27 tortuous cobbled spells, while Wiggins finished 18th.

"I'm happy. I've had a good run, and being a classics rider has been like a new job for me over the last two years - it was a hobby driven by my passion," Wiggins said.

"I said at the start, I just wanted a clean run today, and I got that. I didn't have one puncture, one crash. I came through it pretty well and I was pleased to finish in the top 20."

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