LONDON, Aug 1, 2012 (AFP) – Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins of
Britain bagged the fourth Olympic gold medal of his career here Wednesday
after blitzing his rivals to win the men’s road race time trial.
Germany’s reigning world champion Tony Martin finished second to take the
silver with Britain’s Chris Froome in third taking the bronze.
Wiggins, crowned Britain’s first yellow jersey champion 10 days ago,
crossed in 50min 39sec for the 44 km race against the clock which started and
finished at the former residence of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace.
Reigning world champion Martin was racing under par after suffering a
broken wrist on the Tour de France and he did well to clock 51:21.
Froome, who finished runner-up to Wiggins on the Tour de France, timed
51:47 to keep American Taylor Phinney off the bronze by just 11secs.
Defending Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara, who was also racing with
injury after banging his shoulder Saturday in a crash during the men’s road
race, finished well out of the medals, more more than two minutes behind
Wiggins with 52:53.
It is Wiggins’ first Olympic title on the road, having won his three
previous gold in track cycling’s pursuit events.
“I cannot put it into words. I wouldn’t do it justice,” said Wiggins.
“To win an Olympic gold in your home city. When you win in the velodrome,
there are three or four thousand people cheering.
“Here, around the streets of London, the noise is just amazing. I don’t
think anything will top that. I’ve just won the Tour de France. It’s just been
Now with a total of seven Olympic medals including four gold, Wiggins has
overtaken Sir Steve Redgrave’s previous record tally of six medals for a
Redgrave won five gold and one bronze and for Wiggins, the retired rower is
still one ahead of him.
“It’s not so important that you have seven medals if they’re not the right
color,” said Wiggins.
“The main number is four. Just to be mentioned in the same breathe as (Sir
Steve) Redgrave is an absolute honor, with Chris Hoy.
“To be up there with those guys is very special.”