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Wiggins wins Tour of Romandie with time trial heroics

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Bradley Wiggins trailed by nine seconds going into the final day © PA Photos
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Bradley Wiggins clinched the Tour of Romandie title on Sunday with a brilliant performance in the closing time trial.

Team Sky rider Wiggins began the day nine seconds behind Luis Leon Sanchez in the general classification, but ended up taking overall glory by 12 seconds from Andrew Talansky after winning the time trial.

Wiggins had to change his bike early on the final day because of a mechanical problem, yet recovered to post a time of 28 minutes and 56 seconds in the 16.5km Crans-Montana stage.

The Brit had to be helped off his bike and collapsed to the floor after completing the punishing circuit, which he navigated in blustery conditions.

He won the time trial by less than a second from Talansky of the Garmin-Barracuda squad, with Richie Porte 16 seconds back in third. Meanwhile, Sanchez was one minute and 23 seconds off the pace and placed tenth overall.

"It was a true test of a GC rider; it had a bit of everything in it plus a mechanical for myself," Wiggins said. "I'm pleased with the way I handled that moment because a few years ago I might have thrown my toys out of the pram and chucked my bike down the ravine!

"It was a good test for the bigger races coming up and I'm delighted. I think [this year] is a result of the hard work I've put in this winter. I've really grafted at it and hopefully there's more to come."

Wiggins also won the multi-stage Paris-Nice event during March.

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