London 2012: Golden boy Wiggins is so proud to be a Londoner

PUBLISHED: 17:56 01 August 2012

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins celebrates winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins celebrates winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins reveals just how glorious it was to ride around the streets of his home town

Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins paid an emotional tribute to the army of fans that took to the streets to watch him power to Olympic time trial glory at Hampton Court today.

The 32-year-old Tour de France winner stormed to a 42-second win over Germany’s Tony Martin to strike gold, with fellow Brit Chris Froome finishing in the bronze medal position.

“I cannot put it into words, I wouldn’t do it justice,” said Wiggins who grew up in North West London. “It’s really incredible to win an Olympic gold in your home city.

“When you win in the velodrome, there are three or four thousand people cheering. Here, around the streets of London, the noise is just amazing.

“I don’t think anything will top that, the noise was just phenomenal.”

Victory in the time trial gave Wiggins his seventh medal, making him the most accomplished British Olympian in history, something he still can’t quite believe.

“Just to be mentioned in the same breath as Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Chris Hoy is an absolute honour and to be up there with those guys as a British Olympian, it’s very special.”

It has been a magnificent year for Wiggins and after his victory in Paris just 10 days ago, he was determined to enjoy this event in front of his own fans.

“I was trying to savour it,” said the Londoner. I have no memories of my other Olympics. I was either too young or it was over too quick.

“There is not much better than this setting with that castle (Hampton Court), it’s so British isn’t it?

“The sun came out and it was just fantastic.”

Seven medals in the bag and Wiggins may not be finished there. He has plans to make the trip to Brazil for Rio 2016.

“It had to be gold today or nothing,” he insisted. “What’s the point of seven medals if they’re not the right colour? Mainly it is about the four golds.

“Now I have to go to Rio and go for five.”

Few would bet against him doing just that, but by then, Wiggins could well be Sir Bradley too!

Latest Kilburn & Brent Stories

47 minutes ago

Boro beat Frome Town 3-1 away from home last Saturday


New York Knicks Frank Ntilikina is excited about playing a match in London as it will give his family and friends a chance to watch him play.

44 minutes ago

Two Wembley drug dealers have been jailed after one of them was found to have crack cocaine and heroin in his poo.

Brent Council has been accused of social cleansing by one of its own councillors as 197 households are forced to leave two blocks in Kilburn.

Yesterday, 16:00

Teenager in squad alongside some of country’s brightest talents

Yesterday, 15:37

Wembley Stadium is no longer for sale after billionaire Fulham FC owner deemed the move “too divisive”.

Yesterday, 12:15

Library campaigners in Cricklewood got a big surprise and welcome boost with a charitable windfall of more than £100,000.

Yesterday, 12:00

Round four to take place in London in December


A new community centre, The Yellow, opens in Wembley Park in the heart of the Brent community. From October 1, the hub will offer a selection of arts and fitness classes, many of which will be free.

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Kilburn sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now