Wiggins makes history with Olympic gold
Bradley Wiggins secured men's time trial gold
Bradley Wiggins became the first man to win the Tour de France and Olympic gold in the same year with an imperious victory in the London 2012 cycling time-trial.
The 32-year-old claimed his fourth Olympic gold and seventh medal in all, surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave with a British record haul of Games medals.
Wiggins was the penultimate of 37 riders to take to the course and completed the 44-kilometre route in 50 minutes 39 seconds to triumph by 42 seconds, with fellow Briton Chris Froome third to take bronze in 51mins 47secs. World champion Tony Martin of Germany clocked 51:21 to claim silver.
Wiggins won the Tour's two long time-trials last month and was optimistic of success after three Olympic gold medals on the track and six in all in his previous three Games.
The Londoner showed no signs of fatigue following Saturday's road race and reached the first time check after 7.3km, in 8:27, five seconds behind Martin, but thereafter forged forward and took the lead at the second time check, after 18.4km.
Wiggins was 11 seconds faster than the German, going through in 23:14 and enhanced his advantage at the third on course time check, after 29.9km and with 14.1km remaining. The Briton was 22 seconds quicker than Martin, going through in 34:43, compared to the German's 35:06. Froome was third fastest in 35:25, with Fabian Cancellara fifth fastest.
Froome finished second to Wiggins in each of the Tour's two long time-trials in claiming second spot in Paris overall and replicated those performances, finishing strongly to set the provisional best before Martin and then Wiggins beat him.
Wiggins accepted the acclaim of the crowd and a warm embrace from Martin after achieving the second of his two main goals for 2012.
He said: "It's been an amazing six weeks. This was the plan. I've answered all the questions in the last six weeks.
"We've done it. To win another Olympic title in another event, it's never, ever going to get any better than that. I realised on the podium, I don't think anything's going to top that. Winning the Tour and then winning Olympic gold in London."
Well done Brad
You are a true champion how nice to see one who is modest,speaks his mind and a real decent guy
You are clean too
ALL YOU GUYS OUT THERE THIS IS A TRUE ROLE MODEL FORGET YOUR ARROGANT AND
OVERPAID PREMIER FOOTBALLERS AND POLITICIANS
We may not be able to win a World Cup but at last we are takeing cycling to a new level in both Mens and Womens. 2012 is the new 1964
I just love Bradley Wiggins for what he said about not wanting to be a celebrity, He hit the nail on the head when said about the growing culture of being a celebrity when you have NOT achieved anything over the years. I personnally hate people who only wamt to make a quick buck and one miniute nothing. a certain Mr and Mrs Beckham, Adele and whole heap of others. I wonder what they will be doing in 50 years time.
Wonderful Bradley Wiggons carrying on with ever ounce in your body. Hard working and modest.
What a great guy, deserves the adulation he is receiving and such a great athlete.
And l'd like to ditto all those comments re: the footballers etc, etc, etc,
And there was Stuart Pearce saying that his players can "rest" now b4 the quarter finals!!!!!!!!
Well done to Bradley - whoahoooooo
Its all gonna be an anti climax now, well done Brad, congrats to Chris Froome too also Lizzie and Emma in the Ladies time trial, 110% commitment from all of you, your all winnners in my opinion
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