Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins

One of the greatest heroes of the London 2012 Olympic Games  The 32-year-old's achievements, which span four Olympics, include winning seven Olympic medals (four Gold) and he can be ranked in the same bracket as rower Sir Steve Redgrave, who clinched gold medals in five consecutive Games.

 

Professional track and road racing cyclist Bradley Wiggins rides for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky. He began his cycling career on the track, but made the transition to road cycling, becoming one of the few cyclists to gain success in both disciplines. 

Among his many achievements Bradley is the only person to have won the Tour de France and an Olympic gold medal in the same year (2012) and the only person to have won a Grand Tour and a gold medal in Olympic track cycling. 

 On the track he specialised in the pursuit and madison events but gradually moved towards road racing. 

He has won six cycling World Championships, his first in 2003 and his most recent in 2008. His phenomenal Olympic record includes taking bronze in the 2000 Summer Olympics, three medals in the 2004 Summer Olympics, two golds in 2008 and, of course, gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

It was after the 2008 Olympics that Bradley took a break from the track to focus on the road. Initially viewed as a time trial specialist Bradley showed his ability to excel in stage races when he came in fourth at the 2009 Tour de France. This was the joint highest placed finish by a British rider in the history of the Tour. 

In 2010 he was appointed the leader for the new Team Sky, won the opening stage of the 2010 Giro d'Italia, finished 3rd in the 2011 Vuelta a España and took silver in the time trial at the UCI championships in Copenhagen. 2012 saw him winning the Paris–Nice, the Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné, before triumphing at the Tour de France (the first British winner in its 109-year history)  and taking gold in the time trial at the 2012 Summer Olympics.