Sir Wiggins reportedly settled for 3rd place at Tour Qatar’s stage 3 individual time-trial. It was Niki Terpstra who emerged as the winner with overall racing lead.
The 2012 Tour France champ, who was cycling for the 1st time in world champ jersey, paused the clock on a ten kilometer Losail course in 14 minutes 12 seconds- 9 seconds behind Terpstra & just 1 sec adrift of Fabian Cancellara.
The result catapulted Niki to the topmost status of general classification & opened up an eleven second good lead over Bodnar (Maciej), who finished at 4th– almost at the same time-span as that of Wiggins. Niki was the defending champion of Qatar Tour this year.
Ian Stannard from Sky has taken the 3rd overall position, racing twelve seconds back, post finishing just a second behind Sir Bradley on that day, in 5th place. His team-mate Rowe (Luke) is at the 5th place, finishing 33 seconds back.
The 2012 Tour de France champion climbed up overall standings yet his sorry day on second stage where he was 10 minutes & 2 seconds behind Niki, placed him in 78th position.
However, the stage win came as a surprise for Niki. “The triumph is tad surprising”, remarked the stage winner and defending champion of Tour France.
“I was in the plan of some decent time-trial to enhance my status in classification yet it came out so well & I found myself ending up with stage win. When you look at the guys riding here, including time-trial specialists like Bradley Wiggins and Fabian Cancellara- you can fathom what a strong peloton it was. Thus, it’s simply amazing when you end up with a triumph in such a huge competition. At present, I am focused on keeping the precious gold jersey.”