Here is the transcript of the post-race press conference with Wiggins.
How significant was victory for you today?
"I've made no secret that I really want to do well in this race. I had to win today, whatever. The conditions weren't ideal for me, but I thought I'd rather end up in hospital today than be beaten, so it was 100% commitment. I didn't flinch on the roundabouts in the wet, and fortunately the hospitals are close to where I live, so my wife could have visited me. I knew that...I was prepared to end up in hospital than lose the race today. It went perfect.
"You only have to look at the people outside and everything, and all this talk of a comeback."
Was it important to win in your local area?
"Not in St. Helens, not coming from Wigan! It's not far away, I had a lot of friends and family come, it was nice to to be able to do that in front of them. It's been a long time...well I won in Poland, but there was no sod there."
We understand that you recced the course on several occasions?
"When I was out the Tour and training in June and July, I was here. I rode round this course god knows how many times. This was my motivation; this was the thing that kept me going, the World Championships and The Tour of Britain and winning this time trial on home soil. I knew the course inside out, it was a fantastic."
Did the locals recognise you when you were training on it?
"There's so many people riding round in Sky kit these days, I don't think people really think it's you!"
Was there a lot of pressure to win today?
"I put on my own pressure on myself, my own expectation. I wanted to win. That leads to pressure, but then I thrive off that, especially in this discipline. I think with the days we've had before, yesterday wasn't easy with crashing. I think I landed on [Giovanni] Visconti, he went down first. Obviously he went to hospital, but he seemed to be alright. I've grazed my arse, and my elbow, but other than that I came off lucky considering how fast we've crashed."
How are preparations for the World Championships?
"Everything I've done since June has been about preparing for an hour-long time trial. This was 20 odd minutes. Everything's on track for the Worlds, barring any more crashes or any more severe weather like yesterday and getting sick, but as we get further south that's meant to get better. Physically I feel I'm ready to go. I always say these things, but I'm in better shape than I've ever been before, especially for the discipline."
Will it be difficult to defend the IG Gold Jersey?
"It's always going to be difficult. I don't expect it to be easy. There are time bonuses at the end of each day, but we've got a strong team. We took responsibility from the start, and we're here to win.
"I've wanted to win this race for a few years, and having done the Tour and the Vuelta for the past few years, I've never had the opportunity to do it. I was in no condition last year to ride the race after the Tour and Olympics. At this time of the year it's nice to be in great shape to compete well in this race. Every year this race gets more prestigious, gets the more kudos."
Who do you see as your main challengers?
"I haven't really seen the full GC at the moment."
Is it Nairo Quintana?
"I don't know where he is at the moment. We're in a great position. Yesterday I was quite worried about Gerald Ciolek, because if he takes time bonuses every day, Edvald Boasson Hagen won this race like that. He's [Ciolek] a good climber, and I thought it would be difficult, but I've taken a nice chunk of time out of him today, and hopefully that's enough."
And if you did win The Tour of Britain, where would that rank in your palmares?
"I think in cycling terms, no disrespect to The Tour of Britain, it's not up there with the Tour de France or Paris-Nice. But on a personal level, as the ex-Tour de France winner coming here to win it, it raises the profile. You only have to see the amount of interest in the race this year, obviously Cav's here, and it's a fantastic race. On a personal level, coming back to the height of my physical condition one year on from the madness, it will go down as a great comeback!"