Briton Hart won the Giro after beating Maglia
Rosa holder Jai Hindley in the final-stage time trial on Sunday.
"I hope he kicks on from this and gets the opportunity to do it
in the Tour de France and we can talk about him for the next 10
years," Wiggins said on Eurosport.
"He will think he's not worthy of it and doesn't deserve it...
He won't change from this.
"He's happy to be submissive and he'll ride for Ineos team mate
Geraint Thomas next year and Adam Yates and Egan Bernal but he's
a worthy champion and everything this country needs as a role
model in sport."
Thomas hailed the 25-year-old's "unbelievable composure" towards
the end of the race.
"It's one thing moving up the general classification when
there's no pressure on you. It's another thing when everyone is
starting to talk about you," he wrote in his column
in The Telegraph.
"He handled that really well."
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter
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