Bradley Wiggins won the 2012 Olympic Games men’s cycling time trial on Wednesday to take the fourth Olympic gold of his career. In total, Wiggins now has seven Olympic medals – the most won by any British athlete in history.

Chris Froome gave Britain further cause for celebration by winning bronze. World time trial champion Tony Martin (Germany) placed second at 42 seconds to take silver.

Wiggins caused gasps among the many thousands of spectators when he came through the first intermediate time checkpoint at 7.3 kilometres second fastest, five seconds behind Martin. There was no panic. Once again, Wiggins proved to be the master of pacing himself and by the second checkpoint had moved to 11 seconds ahead of the German, and never looked back.

Wiggins continued at the same velocity, his smooth pedalling style making his stunning performance look effortless.

At the finish, his time caused a massive cheer among the crowd – but the man himself appeared unwilling to celebrate until last rider off and defending champion Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) came in. Cancellara, however, was still in some difficulty after crashing out of the men’s road race on Saturday and finished seventh.

Spain’s Luis Leon Sanchez suffered an amazing stroke of bad luck when his chain snapped on the first pedal stroke in the start house. His mechanic was caught out, and it took a while to get a replacement bike to him. Then he suffered a puncture further down the course, his ride over for the day.

Wiggins’s time trial gold comes after his historic win at the Tour de France in July in what has been the best season for a British cyclist – and possibly any cyclist – in the history of the sport. Before the Tour, he won Paris-Nice, the Tour of Romandy and Criterium du Dauphine.

This latest medal joins Wiggins Olympic golds in the individual pursuit (2004 and 2008) and team pursuit (2008), plus silver in the team pursuit (2004) and bronze in the team pursuit (2000) and Madison (2004).

With Lizzie Armitstead’s silver in the women’s road race, British cyclists have now won a medal of each colour and occupy the top slot in the London 2012 cycling event medal table – even before the start of the track events on Thursday.

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Result
London 2012 Olympic Games: Men’s cycling time trial, 44km
1. Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) in 50-40

2. Tony Martin (Germany) at 42 secs
3. Chris Froome (Great Britain) at 1-08
4. Taylor Phinney (USA) at 1-59
5. Marco Pinotti (Italy) at 2-10
6. Michael Rogers (Australia) at 2-12
7. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) at 2-14
8. Bert Grabsch (Germany) at 2-39
9. Jonathan Catroviejo (Spain) at 2-50
10. Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia) at 3-30

Chris Froome

Tony Martin

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins’s fans


Men’s TT podium (l-r): Tony Martin (silver), Bradley Wiggins (gold), Chris Froome (bronze)

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  • Stuart Kirkham

    Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins,The Greatest Cyclist in the World. Also to Chris Froome, Tony Martin.
    Lizzie Armitstead deserves our Congratulations too, she got the worst of the weather in the Womens road race, she likes riding in the rain though!
    Well done All!

  • Mark Jones

    Excellent result from a deserved winner and what a way to top-off winning the Tour de France last month.

  • Darren Topping

    Huge congrats on your groundbreaking achievement. That’s a knighthood in the bag and BBC sports personality of the year sorted for this year. Chris Froome also deserves recognition for his outstanding performances in this and the Tour de France. Dave Brailsford deserves a knighthood in recognition for all of his work with teams GB and Sky.

  • “Doc” John Beaven

    Actually got my tickets for the start at Hampton Court Palace this morning and what a fantastic day it was-the greatest in the history of British Men’s Time Trialling. Wiggo achieved greatness today but made sure he thanked his fans afterwards. What a guy! And brilliant for Chris Froome once again to get on the podium-thoroughly deserved! We plastered the fencing in Hampton Court Palace with Union Flags and it must have helped spur our guys on.

  • Adam

    I hope Wiggins and Froome had time to enjoy out there today! Awesome rides! Well done!!!

  • Mick Ballard

    Fantastic result from Bradley and Chris,truly remarkable performances and lets hope there is more to come on the track!

  • Terry

    Arise Lord Wiggins of Kilburn and Sir Christopher Froome ( from wherever he likes !!!!)

    Sharpen your sword Ma’am !!

  • Don Danberry

    YEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! Great stuff, Wiggo! Never in doubt!