Olympics : Britain’s Golden Boy Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins cruised to the gold medal in the cycling time trial with a clinical display. Such is his perfection in the saddle, his performance seemed effortless almost disguising the hard work he was putting into his Olympic ride. Thousands lined the streets at Hampton Court to cheer home the new British King of the Olympics, as Wiggo overtook Sir Steve Redgraves medal haul with his 7th medal. The atmosphere on the finishing straight was europhic, with fans banging the hoardings and chanting Wiggo’s name in an iconic moment of British sport.
Wiggins, as professional as ever, didn’t dare celebrate until the final rider Cancellara had finished his ride confirming that gold was indeed heading to the Londoner. From there on, he climbed back onto his bike and proceeded back down the finishing straight to acknowledge the fans who had come out to support him. ‘We all know what’s been happening with the Olympic tickets, it was nice to go back outside the gates to see the public outside to show that I appreciated everything they did, the real fans are out there’, the fans were full of appreciation for their hero, with him already being dubbed the ‘Peoples Champion’.
It wasn’t the only title that was being spoken of after the race, with calls for a Knighthood and an almost certain Sports Personality of the Year accolade. Such honours are the things are dreams, but Wiggins’ true achievements are those earned in the saddle. Becoming the first Brit to win the Tour de France followed up with a gold at the London Olympics are all that will matter for Brad insisting that any Knighthood honour will be ‘put away in a drawer, Sir Wiggo doesn’t sound right does it!’. Humble as ever, Brad has won the hearts of the nation and will inspire a new generation of cycling fanatics.
Wiggins went on to claim that he will never experience anything like the scenes in London again in the remainder of his sporting career. Winning a gold medal alone is an achievement that few in the cycling world will earn and to do it in front of a home crowd is one that has rarely ever been achieved. The last month has brought incredible achievements from Brad, who will forever be regarded as a true sporting great. Only in the coming days will his achievements truly sink in as he has the chance to sit back and celebrate his Tour de France win and Olympic gold medal from London.