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Bradley Wiggins 'best British cyclist ever'

Cycling commentator Phil Liggett praised Sir Bradley Wiggins Credit: ITV News

Now-retired Sir Bradley Wiggins is "without doubt" the best cyclist Britain has ever produced, according to commentator and journalist Phil Liggett.

Tour de France commentator Liggett said Wiggins was "soaked in natural talent" and had shown ambition from a young age.

Sir Bradley, Britain's most decorated Olympian with eight medals over 16 years and a 2012 Tour de France winner, announced his retirement from professional cycling on Wednesday.

"He's risen without doubt to be the best cyclist Britain's ever produced," Liggett said.

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Wiggins and Great Britain fastest into semis

Britain will meet fourth-fastest qualifiers Italy in the semi-finals. Credit: PA

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Great Britain qualified fastest in the men's team pursuit on day one of the Track Cycling World Championships in London.

Wiggins, riding in his first Track World Championships since 2008, combined with London 2012 gold medallist Steven Burke, Jonathan Dibben and Owain Doull to clock three minutes 55.664 seconds and advance in first place to the semi-finals.

Britain will meet fourth-fastest qualifiers Italy in the semi-finals of the four-man, four-kilometres event, which take place on Thursday's second day of competition. Italy qualified in 3mins 57.800secs.

Australia (3:55.867) and defending champions New Zealand (3:57.050) will meet in the second semi-final, vying for a place in Thursday's final.

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