There is a saying in the UK: you wait all day for a bus and two come along at once.
Well, today at the 2012 London Olympics, just after the country threw up a fist pump and cheered at Helen Glover and Heather Stanning winning the women’s paired rowing, Bradley Wiggins began his cycling time trial.
Or should that be Sir Bradley Wiggins? Having just won the Tour de France –the first Brit ever to do so –he romped home in today’s Olympic TT, a staggering 42seconds quicker than German Tony Martin. With his time of 50minutes and 39seconds the Briton with the iconic sideburns claimed gold, while compatriot Chris Froome took the bronze.
What many forget about ‘Wiggo’ is that he is already a decorated Olympian in track cycling.
The 32-year-old first won bronze in Sydney as part of the team pursuit. Then, in Athens four years later, he won an outstanding three gold medals. By the time he rolled out of Beijing in ’08 he was the first ever cyclist to defend an individual pursuit title, and win, as well as winning the team pursuit.
With today’s gold he is now Britain’s most succesful Olympian (he has four gold medals, one silver and one bronze). The odds on him becoming Britain’s sports personality of the year after his TdF and Olympic exploits seem short. The bookies may not even take bets on him earning a knighthood.
Two busses have come at once, and there may be more to come. Britain is now thoroughly giddy with Olympic excitement.