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 "I think it was one of my first time trials as a professional back in 2002 and it's probably my last one on this level. So it's nice to win and it was certainly in my mind today and this week. I really wanted to win this...

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02.04.2015 @ 18:10 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Bradley Wiggins powered to victory in the time trial at Driedaagse De Panne to celebrate his final race in the rainbow jersey for Team Sky.

 

The Brit looked supreme across a technical 14.2-kilometre course on the coast and his winning time of 17 minutes and 49 seconds was enough to move him up to third overall on the final stage.

 

Replicating his victory on the same course in 2009, the 34 year old came home 10 seconds quicker than nearest rival Stefan Kueng (BMC Racing) to confirm his form heading into both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

 

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) placed third in the TT to sew up the overall in De Panne, winning by an eventual margin of 23 seconds over Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing). Wiggins took the final spot, 42 seconds off Kristoff to cap a superb day.

 

After the stage Wiggins admitted he wanted the win, explaining: "I think it was one of my first time trials as a professional back in 2002 and it's probably my last one on this level. So it's nice to win and it was certainly in my mind today and this week. I really wanted to win this one.

 

"I think I was 11th the first time I came here and I've won here before in 2009. I've always liked this time trial, especially when the weather picks up. It felt horrible but I think it was the same for everyone. We raced this morning really early and it never feels like it's flowing and fresh. Everyone's trying really hard. I knew there was an opportunity to jump up onto the podium as well."

 

 

With Flanders three days away and Paris-Roubaix set to follow, Wiggins confirmed his is back on track following a brief illness.

 

He added: "I've been at the front every day here and really committed to it. The team have done a good job in putting me there. The time trial there is a good test at the end.

 

"I want to be at the final in Flanders with [Geraint Thomas] because I think that's where you can make the biggest difference. It's a big weekend. G's win last week only increases the interest. It's really good that now we've potentially got a British guy who can win Tour of Flanders. Not since Tommy Simpson have we had that."

 

Elia Viviani produced a strong time trial on the seafront, taking 13th on the stage and 11th overall. Andy Fenn also impressed with a time inside the top 20 at the end of three hard days.

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