Bradley Wiggins's Tour de Pologne win was 'massive statement', says Team Sky's Dan Hunt
By Matt Westby. Last Updated: 04/08/13 12:22pm
Bradley Wiggins produced his most impressive performance of the season
Sir Bradley Wiggins made a "massive statement" by powering to a stunning victory in the stage seven time trial at the Tour de Pologne, according to Team Sky sports director Dan Hunt.
Wiggins produced a magnificent display on a rolling, 37km course from Wieliczka to Krakow to beat four-time world time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara by 56 seconds and Taylor Phinney by one minute 14 seconds.
It was his first victory since winning the Olympic time-trial gold medal in London a year ago and installed him as one of the favourites for next month's world time-trial championship in Italy.
Hunt refused to speculate about Wiggins's chances in Florence on September 25, but admitted the dominant nature of his win in Poland was impressive.
"It was a fantastic performance," he said. "He made a massive statement today and he has done really well.
"It was a real lesson in how to time trial. We went out this morning and researched the course and it was obvious that it suited Brad. The climbs suited him, the descents suited him and then it was a flying, rolling run-in into Krakow. He absolutely smashed it.
"After the year that he has had, with his injury at the Giro, he has had a really good week here with the team, he has enjoyed himself and has now got a good result at the end."
"We had been looking at Cancellara to see how he was going, but you never know. But Bradley rode his own race, didn't think about anyone else and won by nearly a minute. That is an impressive performance whichever way you look at. It definitely confirms where his condition is."
Hunt also revealed that Wiggins has relished the Tour de Pologne, despite finishing 48th in the general classification, more than 54 minutes down on winner Pieter Weening.
The race was the 33-year-old's first since abandoning the Giro d'Italia in May through illness and injury, and he struggled in the opening two mountain stages in the Dolomites.
Hunt, however, insisted it has been a valuable building block in Wiggins's journey back towards peak form.
He added: "After the year that he has had, with his injury at the Giro, he has had a really good week here with the team, he has enjoyed himself and has now got a good result at the end."