Great Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins won stage three’s individual time event to take the lead of the Tour of Britain.
The course, set in Knowsley, is ironically one he knows so well as he lives just 20km away and says that he has practiced around the course on many occasions.
It was this stage that he felt he had to win, whatever the cost, and his confidence and motivation was the result of this win.
“The wet conditions were far from ideal for me however I thought I’d rather end up in hospital,” said Wiggins. “I really wanted to do well in this race so it was a time trial I had to win, whatever.”
The Tour of Britain is a multi-stage race, which dates back to the Second World War with the modern day version starting in 2004.
Sir Wiggins is using the Tour of Britain to prepare for the World time trials beginning next week.
After an injury hit summer, which meant he was unable to retain his Tour de France yellow jersey and pulled out of the Giro d’Italia with an illness, he looks to be back on track with this stage three win in the Tour of Britain.
With the World trials just around the corner he could have been forgiven for taking this event lightly in preparation for the big event but the 2012 Olympic champion had other ideas.
With the rain pouring down hard in the morning many riders opted out of practicing ahead of stage three and that gave Sir Wiggins an advantage as he was one of few who did practice.
He is obviously in good shape as he has stated his desire to win the race and treats it as more than just a warm-up leading to the World Trials next week.
“Everyone knows we’re here to win the race. I’ve wanted to win this race for a few years.”
Next up for Wiggins is stage four, an 188.4km race starting in Stoke-on-trent and finishing in the village of Llanberis in Wales.
The Tour of Britain finishes with an 8.8km circuit around the capital on Sunday.
For more information about how to view the race or if the riders go past your hometown visit http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/home.php#.Ujlj2Bbvy8o for more information.