Bradley Wiggins today became Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete ever, taking his seventh medal when he won the men’s time trial around Hampton Court.

Wiggins beat Tony Martin of Germany by 42 seconds to secure his fourth gold medal since his Olympic debut in Sydney 2000. Fellow Briton Chris Froome won the bronze.

“To be mentioned in the same breath as Steve Redgrave and Chris is an honour as it is,” he said. “But ultimately it’s about gold medals really. Once you’ve been Olympic champion the other ones, you don’t talk about them.”

“When someone asks I normally say I’ve won three golds. You never say ‘and two silvers and a bronze’.”

“There was only one colour today really. Anything else would have been consolation. It had to be one colour today. The most important thing is number four, not number seven.”

BRONZE
Team pursuit, Sydney 2000
20 year old Bradley Wiggins was a member of the British team that made an enormous breakthrough at the Sydney Olympics, winning the bronze medal in a national record of 4:01.760. The time had tumbled down in the build up to the Games as the effect of lottery funding started to filter through

GOLD
Individual pursuit, Athens 2004
Wiggins won his first gold medal by beating Bradley McGee of Australia in the individual pursuit. Wiggins had become IP world champion the year before after some soul searching in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Here he was comprehensively beaten, on his home track, by McGee and had to sit down with his coach and decide what they were going to do next. They knuckled down and raised the bar of pursuing.

SILVER
Team pursuit, Athens 2004
The British trio had continued to improve after Sydney, but only ever took small chunks of time off their results. They had won three silver and one bronze medal in the world championships since Sydney, but still never gone under the four minute barrier. The dominant Australian team had, and did so again in Athens, comfortably beating the British by three seconds in the final

BRONZE
Madison, Athens 2004
Wiggins paired with Rob Hayles in the Madison and took home his third medal of the Games, one of each colour. The race was won by the Aussies (they dominated in Athens) as Wiggins and Hayles hung on to their coat tails.

GOLD
Individual pursuit, Beijing 2008
Wiggins was untouchable in the IP in Beijing. In training a month before he had reportedly gone quicker than the world record, but then came down with a virus that saw him unable to even lift himself out of his bed. He was considerably slower at the Games, but was still a comfortable winner.

GOLD
Team pursuit, Beijing 2008
The British team pursuit quartet smashed the world record on their way to gold in Beijing. They had dominated at the world championships in the years before and carried that on to the Games. Wiggins was an integral part of that, taking time out from his road career to prepare specifically. He was, however, the slowest out of the foursome, tired from his IP efforts and the after-effects of that virus.

GOLD
Road time trial, London 2012
Gold in London capped a season of performances that may never be seen again. Just ten days after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, Wiggins demolished the opposition in the Olympic time trial to win his seventh medal.

 

  • Carn Soaks

    It has been an exciting couple of months of cycling. Congrats to Wiggo & Sky for their outstanding results at the TDF and those lead up events run by ASO. The team has worked closely with the Tour Organisers over the last two years and both have benefitted. Wouldn’t be surprised if a French Journalist discovers collusion regarding the TDF parcours, designed to suit Wiggans talents. Big dollars for ycling with Brits loving the sport…

    That aside, Sky has lifted the game, displaying the benefit of looking outside the box for training expertise. Now, just going to old cyclists (those guys who only knew how to “cheat” well) and their doctors is not enough. You need to look to other endurance sports for the thought leaders and performers to get the edge and hold it to have a successful season.

    The cleaner sport is going to benefit greatly over the coming years. Unfortunately watching other sports at the OlyGames is disappointing. To see how little they are doing to police their people is being displayed in some “outstanding” results. All athletes should be pass-ported and you should not be allowed to compete without a full 12 months – 18 months records to prove legitimacy.

    The way Wiggo creamed the field was exciting. It was sad for Tony & Fabian, both having interrupted seasons.

    The TEAM TIME TRIAL @ THE WORLDS is going to be one hell of a race. That is a great idea. BMC 2 in top 5 (plus Cadel, Gilbert, Hincapie & VanGarderen. Sky, 3 in top 6 (plus Thomas, Porte & BossenHagen), Garmin with Millar, Zabriske, Danielson and Van DeVelde. GreenEdge with all their Track Gods. YEY YEY YEY.

    Any hows, hope Gilbert finds some form for the later season and cant wait for WRC. Either be PhilbyGilby, DeliVans, Sagan, Cancellara, Gerrans or Valverde. Maybe deGendt or an outsider like Fulsang, Chavenel (but gives up to easy) Vockler (wont out tough the big guns on a special event like this though) will win over the top of the Kalberg for he final time. OH & FROOME?

    PS Go Aussies