Wiggins wins the British National Time Trial Championship, but no Tour selection

Jun 27, 2014
Category: Races  Tour de France 

After collecting a drawer full of yellow Amgen Tour of California jerseys last month, Sir Bradley Wiggins added a red, white and blue skinsuit to his wardrobe Thursday evening by winning his third British National Time Trial Championship. In cool and wet conditions, the reigning King of California covered the technical 26 miles of rolling roads in 53:56, 1:08 faster than his Team Sky teammate and runner-up Geraint Thomas.

“It was full commitment today. Any time trial you go into as Olympic champion, especially at the British championships, you want to win it,” said Wiggins, who won time trial gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games. "I think G (Thomas) was perhaps the rider I feared most today, especially on home soil and the form he's in. I didn't take anything for granted today."

Despite his latest conquest and conquering California last month, Wiggins was left off the Team Sky roster for next month’s Tour de France. ”They’re sending an incredible team. They’ve got the defending champion (Chris Froome) who has got to be the favorite … I think the team that’s going, you couldn’t fault it. With my crash in Switzerland (Tour de Suisse), I was probably lacking preparation.”

Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France champion, said previously that he will turn his attention to the track where he has won three Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2008. The 34-year-old wants to mine more gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil before calling it a career.

“This is probably my last British TT champs so to win it and perhaps never come back again is a nice way to end it.”