Ben Wiggins on his way to silver in the junior individual time trial, just under half a minute behind Oscar Chamberlain of Australia. Geraint Thomas’s star may be fading but the churn of young talent within the British cycling scene continues apace, after the teenagers Josh Tarling and Ben Wiggins claimed medals in the men’s time trial disciplines at the world championships in Scotland.
Tarling picked up the baton from veteran and fellow Welshman Thomas to take a deserved bronze medal in the men’s elite individual time trial. Thomas struggled to make his mark, while the highly rated 19-year-old came to the fore, running the 2022 world road race champion, Remco Evenepoel of Belgium, and Italian time triallist Filippo Ganna, his Ineos Grenadiers teammate, close on the 47.8km course.
Afterwards, Thomas, who finished 10th, praised his teammate. “He’s a big boy,” the 2018 Tour de France winner said. “He’s got power and this is his forte. It’s unbelievable to see him riding so well so early in his career and he’s got a bright future.”
Tarling, who will ride with Thomas for Ineos Grenadiers until the end of 2025, set the early pace and occupied the hot seat for much of the afternoon. But Ganna’s staying power ultimately overhauled his time, while Evenepoel’s speed up the last kilometre of cobbled climb to Stirling castle was enough to clinch gold. Evenepoel, Belgium’s first winner of the elite men’s time trial, will now head to Spain to defend his Vuelta a España title.
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