Wiggins conquers the Worlds
In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe are joined by ITV’s Ned Boulting as they discuss this week’s world championships in Ponferrada, Spain, looking back on Sir Bradley Wiggins’ victory in the time trial on Wednesday and ahead to the weekend’s road races.
Wiggins was a convincing winner, beating the rider who has dominated this event, Germany’s Tony Martin. He has waited a long time for his first world title on the road, in what he says was his final attempt. The podcast asks whether, in a disappointing season for Team Sky, Wiggins has been their most successful rider, despite being left out of the team for the Tour de France.
And Ned dares to ask: should Wiggins be included in the Tour team for next year, given that he would be wearing the rainbow jersey of world time trial champion on stage one?
We also reflect on Jens Voigt’s new world hour record, which Wiggins has said he will try to beat next year.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s men’s road race, Daniel, who was recently in Ponferrada, predicts a very open and unpredictable race that could be won by a sprinter like Alexander Kristoff or John Degenkolb, rouleurs like Fabian Cancellara, puncheurs like Michal Kwiatkowski or even a finisseur like Philippe Gilbert or Sylvan Chavanel.
Ned also tells us a little about his forthcoming book, 101 Dalmations, his leftfield look back at the 2014 Tour de France, which will be published in November.