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Bradley Wiggins: Time trial win a bonus

UCI Road World Championships time trial winner Bradley Wiggins said his Ponferrada success was an added bonus.

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Great Britain's Wiggins won his first and last individual time trial at a World Championships on Wednesday, as he finally got the better of Tony Martin in Spain.

Wiggins thrashed Martin, in fact, storming to gold in a time of 56 minutes 25 seconds - 26 secs quicker than the German.

The 34-year-old immediately announced it would be his last world championships appearance, and said the time trial breakthrough was not the highlight of his career - a mere cherry on top of it.

"To add the world title on the road to the Olympic one - I had a couple of second places - I could have lived with it if I never won it in my career. So it's always nice to add it," the 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist said.

"I always said after London that anything else I got was a bonus. It's nice to end the season like this having missed the Tour and stuff through the year.

"I worked towards this and trained specifically for this event since the Commonwealth Games in July, so yes, it's been good."

Wiggins explained his reasoning behind skipping upcoming worlds, with the 2015 event to be held in Richmond, United States before Doha, Qatar the following year.

"This time next year it will be less than a year from the Olympics in Rio so I will be in full track mode for the team pursuit," he said.

"I can't imagine doing a trip to America to do the worlds next year, I just don't see it fitting in.

"Post Rio [2016 Olympic Games] I'm not going to go to Qatar to ride. I will be 37 then so I'm not going to do the masters, this will be the last one."

Wiggins did concede the Paris-Roubaix was on his radar - the one-day classic in France has never been won by a Briton.

"I'd love to win Roubaix, obviously I was up there this year," he said.

"I want to focus more on it next year and off the back of that really focus on the hour record [set by Jens Voigt in September], rather than trying to go for the hour record next week off the back of this.

"Focus on that and do it as a project and get the most out of that one attempt [on the hour record].

"Also it will give me something to do next year and also to finish off with hopefully another shot at another gold medal in Rio with the team pursuit would be a nice way to end it all."

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