Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Bradley Wiggins: First Olympic Gold For Team GB Cycling

Bradley Wiggins continued what can only be described as a miraculous winning streak, storming to today's Olympic Time Trial victory with a massive winning margin of 42 seconds, picking up Team GB's first Olympic Cycling Gold medal of the games and the 7th medal of his career which makes him the most decorated British Olympian in history. The podium was rounded out by Tony Martin and another Team GB rider, Christopher Froome in third place taking a bronze medal. Yet again Bradley proves he is no mere mortal, but a well oiled machine with a season palmares that stands alone in British cycling history...

The relatively flat 44km route was always going to suit Wiggins as a powerful Time Trial specialist. This was never going to suit the climbers as there wasn't a great deal in the way of up-hill tarmac. Closely followed by Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Tony Martin (GER) and Christopher Froome (GB), Bradley Wiggins lined up at the start as home favourite, and of course race favourite. Things started slow and Wiggins was 6 seconds back on Tony Martin at the first time check, but In his usual, calm, collected fashion, the Brit put the hammer down with what looked like ease on the second part of the course and by the 29km checkpoint was an astonishing 22 seconds quicker than Martin before powering to the finish at 44km, keeping his season long run of unbeaten time trials in tact.

The machine that is Bradley Wiggins will be remembered for his Olympic Gold and of course his Tour de France Victory, but these are only the culmination of what has been a fantastic, historic and untouchable year for Wiggins. His season palmares not only stand out as the greatest British season in history, but also line up quite well against any of the all time cycling greats:

London Olympic Games
Gold Medal Winner Mens Time Trial
Tour de France
Winner Overall Classification
1st Stage 9 ITT
1st Stage 19 ITT
Winner Overall Classification
Winner Points Classification
1st Stage 8 ITT
Tour de Romandie
Winner Overall Classification
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 5 ITT
Critérium du Dauphiné
Winner Overall Classification
1st Stage 4 ITT
Volta ao Algarve
3rd Overall
1st Stage 5 ITT 

Wiggins has barely left the front pages over the last couple of weeks and after today looks likely to stay there in what has been relatively unprecedented coverage of cycling in the UK. Bradley Wiggins has become such a big hit since his Tour victory that he even had the honour of ringing the bell to open the 2012 games, how fitting then that he has become the first British cycling gold medal winner in a competition that he opened, in a sport that he has dominated. I don't really know how his season could have gone any better or indeed where he goes from here, maybe though, just maybe, he should take another look at that World Championship road race route...

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