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Thursday 19 October 2017

Wiggins on top of world in time trial

Cycling: Bradley Wiggins of Britain powered across the finish line 26.23 seconds ahead of his nearest rival to claim his first road cycling world title with a convincing victory in the time-trial event.

Wiggins, who won silver in 2011 and 2013, clocked 56 minutes, 25 seconds to take the title off second-place Tony Martin of Germany, who was bidding for a fourth straight championship. Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands finished third, 40.64 seconds behind.

The 34-year-old Wiggins won Olympic gold in the men's time trial in 2012 and did not contest the road race in Ponferrada in order to focus on Wednesday's event.

"Job done," Wiggins said. "I paced it perfectly. I still had gas in the final stretch. Even on the last descent, I knew I was ahead, but I was pushing all the way."

Focus always on road for Roche

Cycling: Nicolas Roche finished the Men's Elite Time Trial at the Road World Championships in 41st.

The Team Tinkoff-Saxo rider rode a steady race against the clock, gaining time and places as the 47.1km race progressed, but Roche's finish time of 1.00.15.91 was not enough to top his 13th place of last year.

Focus for the Irish Team now moves to the road races, which start tomorrow.

Team manager Kurt Bogaerts said: "We set out a plan for Nico, and he followed it quite well, but the result is not what we hoped for.

"Compared to last year where he had more hopes placed in the time trial, this year he is looking more at the road race, and will do a really good road race."

Rosberg to 'dig in'

Motor Sport: Nico Rosberg plans to "dig in" with all at Mercedes in a bid to ensure this year's Formula One world title is not decided by gremlins and good luck.

After losing his lead in the championship standings following his retirement from Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix due to a wiring loom failure in the steering column, Rosberg said: "There is no reason why we keep having these faults. I now want to dig in with the team to try to understand what went wrong.

"Everybody is doing the best possible job, but we need to try and improve."

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