Olympics 2012: Pick of the Day – Bradley Wiggins in the Cycling Time Trial

Britain's first ever Tour de France winner is the red-hot favourite to take Olympic gold this afternoon

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Road Cycling: Men’s Individual Time Trial

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2.15pm BBC1, BBC Olympics 3

They call this the Race of Truth because there’s nowhere to hide. Riders go off at 90-second intervals and compete against the clock. The rules are simple: the man who covers 44km (27 1/4 miles) in the quickest time wins. It’s a pan-flat course around Hampton Court so it’ll be a pure test of concentration and speed.

Following his historic Tour de France victory, Bradley Wiggins is the man. He’s converted his individual pursuit speed and has had a phenomenal season.

You can’t discount our other contender, Chris Froome. On his day he’s very good. And the Swiss rider, Fabian Cancellara, is probably the greatest time triallist who’s ever drawn breath. But Wiggins has prepared meticulously and is the red-hot, odds-on favourite. Hugh Porter

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Ahead of the race, read our beginner’s guide to the Cycling Time Trial