World Road Competition, Florence

  • Dates: Weekend, 22 September – Sunday, twenty nine September

Coverage: men’s time trial (Wed), women’s road race (Sat) plus men’s road race (Sun) survive BBC Two and BBC Sports activity website (UK only), with reside text commentary on BBC Sports activity website

Previous Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman believes Sir Bradley Wiggins is going to be near his best at this week’s Road World Championships after obtaining “a good kicking” so far this season.

Injury and illness meant Wiggins
had to drop out of the Giro d’Italia in the spring plus
missed the chance to defend their Tour de France title in July.

Boardman said: “Brad’s had a turbulent year, but he or she needed it.

“Nothing motivates winners more than a good kicking. “

Wiggins, 33, showed a return to form as he
won the Tour of Britain on Sunday and can compete in the elite men’s individual time trial at the Road Entire world Championships in Tuscany, Italy on Wednesday.


It is an event he or she won silver in back in 2011, and he is joined simply by 24-year-old Alex Dowsett.

Double Olympic champion Geraint Thomas,
2012 Tour of Britain winner Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Steve Cummings, Josh Edmondson and Ian Stannard full the British team for the top notch men’s road race.

Lizzie Armitstead –
who won Team GB’s first medal at London 2012 – will contend in Saturday’s elite women’s road race alongside Nikki Harris, Lucy Garner and
team time trial winner Katie Colclough .

Boardman – who won Britain’s first Olympic cycling gold pertaining to 72 years at Barcelona within 1992 – reckons Wiggins is going to be in better shape after this year’s disappointments and is in good shape to contend in Florence.

“It certainly seems like he’s seen the light at the end of the particular tunnel after the Tour of The uk, ” Boardman said.

“At the particular Tour of Britain he looked better and looked in the right frame of mind. The world championship time trial has come at the right time.

“Disappointment is the biggest motivator for successful people and he’s had a healthy dose of that this year. “

In 2012 Wiggins became
the first Briton to win the Tour de France and
won his seventh Olympic medal with time trial gold in London .

But Boardman reckons he struggled with increased expectations following his success.

“When you’re hungry and you eat, you are not hungry any more”, said Boardman. “Everything he aimed for he or she got. But then there’s the realization that next year the slate is wiped clean.

“Everyone else has got much bigger expectations. When you are on the top step, you either win or you fail. There is no second location any more and that’s a wholly various type of pressure. “

Chris Boardman was talking to BBC Sport’s Tom Brown.