London 2012

Bradley Wiggins

Ones to Watch

Arguably the most accomplished and versatile rider in the world, Bradley Wiggins made history this year when he became the first British winner of the Tour de France.

Fascinating Facts:

  • In Athens 2004 he became the first British athlete to win three medals at one Games in 40 years
  • Wiggins' first professional team was the short-lived Linda McCartney Cycling Team
  • He was actually born in Ghent, Belgium

His stunning achievement also saw him become the first Olympic track gold medallist to win cycling's biggest road event.

And he did it in fantastic style, wearing the yellow jersey for no fewer than 13 stages and winning two time trials en route to a clear-cut victory over Team Sky colleague and fellow Briton Chris Froome.

The 2004 Games in Athens were the scene of the first Olympic Gold for the Londoner who powered his way to victory in the individual pursuit. A silver in the team pursuit and bronze in the madison helped round off an impressive medal haul.

Wiggins repeated that success four years later in Beijing defending his individual pursuit crown - the first man ever to do so - as well as slotting into a victorious team pursuit squad.

With a glittering palmares on the track already secured Wiggins turned his attention to the road and enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2009, with fourth at the Tour de France at that point equalling the best ever performance by a British rider in the event.

At the start of the 2010 season he made the high-profile switch to the new British WorldTour outfit Team Sky, and enjoyed more success in Grand Tours by taking the opening prologue stage of the Giro d'Italia and donning the famous maglia rosa leader's jersey.

He was going well in the 2011 Tour de France before his hopes were derailed by a broken collarbone but he bounced back superbly to wear the leader's jersey at the Vuelta a Espana, eventually finishing third overall, before claiming a silver medal in the World Time Trial Championships.

With 2012 marking the loss of individual pursuit from the track programme, Wiggins has been forced to re-assess his goals and is competing in the road race and time trial events in London.

Bradley Wiggins

  • DOB: 28/04/1980
  • Events: Team pursuit, road race, time trial
  • Medals: 6 (3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)