London 2012: Brilliant Bradley strikes gold for Britain in time trial
North West London’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins became the most prolific medal winner in British Olympic history with gold in the time trial
Brilliant Bradley Wiggins grabbed Great Britain’s second gold medal of the day as he stormed to a magnificent Olympic victory in the time trial.
And team-mate Chris Froome made it a double celebration for Britain as he battled to a superb bronze medal.
Kilburn cycling star Wiggins added Olympic glory to his Tour de France title and at the same time became Britain’s most accomplished Olympic medallist as he added a seventh to his impressive collection – his fourth gold.
This was his first on the road though and it came on a course that started and finished at Hampton Court Palace.
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The 32-year-old north west Londoner was one of the hot favourites to take the time trial gold, but he found himself five seconds behind German World Champion Tony Martin at the first time check, with Froome third and reigning Olympic champion Fabio Cancellara from Switzerland surprisingly back in fourth.
However, Wiggins was just finding his rhythm and by the time the leaders had passed the 29 kilometre mark of this 44km time trial, there was no stopping the north west Londoner.
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As Froome held on to third place, Wiggins overhauled Martin by an enormous 22 seconds to put him into pole position as they raced back towards Hampton Court Palace.
And from there he was not to be denied.
Aussie Michael Rogers set the standard when he came home in 52 minutes and 51 seconds, but Brit Froome was the first to overhaul it as his scorching time of 51.47 put him into the medal places.
Martin battled to the end to clock 51.21 and put himself in the gold medal position, but it was to be a shortlived joy for the German as Wiggins was already closing in on the final straight as the German crossed the line.
In the end, Wiggins triumphed by some 42 seconds, clocking 50.39 and when Cancellara, the last man to start, eventually crossed the line, the historic celebrations could begin for the Londoner.