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Wiggins eyes time-trial success

Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins is optimistic of success in the Road World Championships time-trial in Ponferrada on Wednesday.

Wiggins finished second to Germany's Tony Martin, the Olympic silver medallist, in Florence last year but is confident the 47.1-kilometre route favours his attributes this time around.

Sir Bradley Wiggins celebrates on the podium after winning the Individual Time Trial during stage eight of the 2014 Tour of Britain Credit: PA Images

"I'm in better shape than last year," the 34-year-old Wiggins told BBC Sport.

"It's quite mountainous and suits me more than Tony. Every year I think this might be the year but you never know. That's why I like it."

Wiggins is joined in the race by Commonwealth Games champion Alex Dowsett.

The Londoner beat Dowsett to the British title in June and won a short Tour of Britain time-trial last weekend.

"This year's course is a lot different to last year's, which was long and flat," added Wiggins, who did not ride the Glasgow 2014 time-trial.

"You have to think more on this course. There's no room for error.

"You need to have enough in the tank for the end. It's challenging, a true test of the time trial."

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Wiggins: ‘I won’t be riding the Tour de France this year’

Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed that he will not be riding the Tour de France if the defending champion Chris Froome holds his form up to the start of the race in Leeds on 5 July.

Bradley Wiggins of Sky Procycling warms up for Stage Three Individual Time Trial in the 2013 Tour of Britain in Knowsley. Credit: PA

The 2012 winner said today: “The team is focused around Chris Froome who has got a chance of winning his second Tour and it’s been decided to base the team around him.”

“I’m gutted,” Wiggins added. “I’ve worked hard all year for this, I went to California and won that, I feel I’m in the form I was in 2012, but I understand that cycling is a team sport and at the end of the day it’s about the team winning, at the end of the day it’s about Chris winning.”

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Manxman Peter Kennaugh in Team Sky line-up at Giro

Manxman Peter Kennaugh has been named in Team Sky's line-up for the 2014 Giro d'Italia, which begins in Belfast on May 9.

The 24-year-old, from Douglas, was a key member of the Team Sky squad which helped Chris Froome to Tour de France glory in 2013.

Manxman Peter Kennaugh Credit: PA

The nine-strong team for the first Grand Tour of the season will also feature Italian riders Dario Cataldo and Salvatore Puccio, Ben Swift, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bernhard Eisel, Sebastian Henao and Kanstantsin Siutsou.

On confirming the team line-up Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, said: “We’ve brought together an exciting squad and we can’t wait, not only for the start in Northern Ireland, but to perform in front of our Italian fans.”

British success at BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester

Liam Phillips on his way to winning the Mens BMX Supercross WC 2013. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Home favourite Liam Phillips won the elite men's race at the UCI BMX Supercross event in Manchester on Saturday night.

Phillips, who won the world tile in Auckland in July last year, powered away from the rest of the field to take a win he ranked up with the best of his career.

The 25-year-old said: "I won the world championships in New Zealand but it feels more special to win in front of the guys that support me."

Phillips' win came hot on the heels of his victory in Friday night's time trial at the National Cycling Centre.

Great Britain academy rider Charlotte Green finished fourth in the elite women's race behind winner Caroline Buchanan of Australia.

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