Bradley Wiggins Scoops Up Team GB’s Second Olympic Gold Medal

Tour de France winner continues Britain's successful Olympic run.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has today (August 1) earned Team GB their second gold medal, placing first in the men's individual road time trial cycling event.

Wiggins won the Tour de France less than two weeks ago, and along with being granted the privilege of kickstarting the Olympic opening ceremony last Friday (July 27), he now has a gold medal to add to his list of accomplishments this year. 

Wiggins finished in 50min 39.52sec, an impressive 42 seconds ahead of the world champion Tony Martin from Germany. Wiggins's fellow British teammate Chris Froome took the bronze, adding further to Team GB's medal tally. Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted of the victory: "@bradwiggins is a true British hero. First the Tour & now Olympic Gold. @chrisfroome great too. A wonderful day for @TeamGB." 

This gold medal makes Wiggins the most decorated Briton in Olympic history, this being his seventh medal since debuting at the age of 20 at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. It should also help improve the confidence of the British public, who prior to today were having to watch their sportsmen and women settle for silvers and bronzes across the events.

But following Heather Stanning and Helen Glover's dominant performance earlier today the floodgates appear to have opened, and now that Wiggins has made history and become Britain's most prolific Olympian, supporters of the home nation will no doubt be awaiting more gold medals draped around their athletes' necks.

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