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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.

Wiggins storms to gold at world championships

Sir Bradley Wiggins rode brilliantly to dethrone German rival Tony Martin and win the gold medal in the Road World Championships individual time trial in Ponferrada, northern Spain.

Sir Bradley Wiggins on the road to gold in Spain. Credit: PA

Wiggins' exertions saw him collapse after he finished. When he recovered, the British rider dedicated the win to his family.

Wiggins hits the road in bid for gold

Sir Bradley Wiggins has just set off on his attempt to win the Road World Championships individual time trial in northern Spain.

Defending champion Tony Martin of Germany - Wiggins' only serious rival for gold - is the last man out of the gate, two minutes behind the British rider.

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Wiggins targets world hour record

Sir Bradley Wiggins, who is going for gold in the world championships time trial in Spain later today, has revealed he will attempt to break the world hour record in 2015.

Sir Bradley Wiggins has a world record in his sights. Credit: PA

"I want to prepare for it properly," Wiggins told the BBC. "It will give me something to get out of bed for in the winter."

Wiggins said he was inspired by Jens Voigt, the 43-year-old German who broke the record last week.

Wiggins: No room for error

Sir Bradley Wiggins says he must ride a flawless time trial if he is to beat German rival Tony Martin to world championships gold in northern Spain.

"This year's course is a lot different to last year's, which was long and flat," Wiggins said.

"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."

Wiggins (centre) competed for Sky in the team time trial on Sunday. Credit: PA

Wiggins goes for gold at 2.34pm (BST), two minutes ahead of final rider Martin. Essex-born rider Alex Dowsett, tipped for a top-ten finish, sets off at 2.18pm.

Wiggins among favourites as Tour of Britain starts

Sir Bradley Wiggins is among the race favourites Credit: PA

Former Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins is among the race favourites along with Nairo Quintana, second behind Britain's Chris Froome in this year's Tour.

This year's race starts on the Scottish Borders and will move through the Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor before concluding with a showpiece finish in central London.

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