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# @@ # @!! Olympic champ Sir Bradley Wiggins leads the Tour of Britain after winning stage three ‘s individual time trial.

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# @@ # @!! The 33-year-old powered round the 16km ( 10-mile ) course in Knowsley, Merseyside in 19 minutes 54 secs to beat his fellow Briton and Team Sky team-mate Ian Stannard by 36 seconds.

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# @@ # @!! Stannard, 26, moves up to second overall, 37 seconds behind Wiggins.

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# @@ # @!! ” The particular wet conditions were not ideal for me but I thought I ‘d rather end up in hospital than be defeated, ” said Wiggins.

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# @@ # @!! ” I really wanted to do well on this race so it was a time trial I had to win, whatever.

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# @@ # @!! ” I was prepared to end up in hospital rather than lose. It went perfectly. ”

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# @@ # @!! It was a stunning performance by the &# 13; London 2012 time trial champ, &# 13; who is also utilizing the Tour of Britain to prepare intended for next week ‘s world time trial championship in Florence, a race which will be broadcast live on BBC2 as well as the BBC Sport website from 14:00 BST on Wednesday, 25 Sept.

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# @@ # @!! After a tough calendar year that saw him &# 13; pull out of the Giro d’Italia having a chest infection, &# 13; plus &# 13; miss out on defending his Tour de France title through illness and injury, &# 13; Wiggins admitted he had been centered on producing a strong ride. # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! ” I ‘ve been training all through July and I ca n’t inform you how many times I ‘ve been round this course, ” he stated. ” I only live 20km away. ”

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# @@ # @!! Wiggins also said that while many riders opted not to practice in the morning rain, this individual used the session to check how rapidly he could race around the roundabouts in an effort to pick up crucial seconds on primary rivals Nairo Quintana and Dan Martin.

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# @@ # @!! ” We ‘m not a great climber like Dan or Quintana, so I have to do a # @@ # @!![good]# @@ # @!! time trial and gain in areas where guys wo n’t spend as much attention, especially when it is raining, ” he said. # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! ” I had to take every second I could really.

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# @@ # @!! ” The priority was the stage earn but to take the # @@ # @!![leader’s]# @@ # @!! jersey was what we planned for and everything is definitely on track to try and win this race.

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# @@ # @!! ” Everyone knows all of us ‘re here to win the race. I ‘ve wanted to earn this race for a few years. I was in no condition last year so it is nice to be, at this time of calendar year, in great shape and able to compete. ”

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# @@ # @!! Wiggins finished about a minute 35 seconds ahead of Colombia is Quintana, runner-up to Chris Froome in this year ‘s Tour de France, and a further seven secs quicker than Ireland ‘s Matn.

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# @@ # @!! Overnight leader Gerald Ciolek started the stage 30 seconds ahead of Wiggins but his time of 21:45 saw him slip down the rankings.

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# @@ # @!! Movistar rider Alex Dowsett, who has earned the British time trial tournament for the past three years and &# 13; beat Wiggins to win a person time trial stage at the Giro d’Italia &# 13; earlier this year, completed fifth, 56 seconds behind Wiggins.

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# @@ # @!! Stage four takes place on Wednesday, when the race comes back to Stoke-on-Trent for a fifth calendar year, with the stage starting from the city centre. # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! The 188.4km route consumes Shropshire and Whitchurch before moving through Wales and ending in the village of Llanberis.

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# @@ # @!! The eight-stage, 1045.4kms race surface finishes in London on Sunday.

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# @@ # @!! # @@ # @!! # @@ # @!! Stage result:

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# @@ # @!! one Sir Bradley Wiggins ( Gbr ) Sky Procycling 19mins 54secs, # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 2 Ian Stannard ( Gbr ) Sky Procycling + 0:36 # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 3 Jack Käfig ( Nzl ) Garmin-Sharp + 0:42 # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 4 Martin Elmiger ( Swi ) IAM Bicycling +0 :55

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# @@ # @!! 5 Alex Dowsett ( Gbr ) Movistar Team + 0:56 # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! one Sir Bradley Wiggins ( Gbr ) Sky Procycling 11:25 :54

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# @@ # @!! 2 Ian Stannard ( Gbr ) Sky Procycling + 0:37 # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 3 Matn Elmiger ( Swi ) IAM Cycling +0 :47

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# @@ # @!! 4 Jack Bauer ( Nzl ) Garmin-Sharp +0 :55 # @@ # @!!

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# @@ # @!! 5 Alex Dowsett ( Gbr ) Movistar Team +0 :57

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# @@ # @!! 25 Mark Cavendish ( Gbr ) Omega Pharma-Quick Action + 1:57

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UCI Road World Championships men is time trial

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  • Venue: # @@ # @!! Tuscany, Italy
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  • Date: # @@ # @!! September 22-29
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Coverage: # @@ # @!! Survive BBC TV, the BBC Sports activity website, mobiles, tablets and Linked TVs

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