Bradley Wiggins has secured his position as one of Britain’s greatest-ever sportsmen by adding an Olympic gold medal to his historic Tour de France victory.
The 32-year-old, from from Eccleston, near Chorley, raced to glory in the time-trial around Hampton Court giving him a record seventh Olympic medal, one clear of rower Sir Steve Redgrave, who has six.
It was a day of British triumph - earlier rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning claimed Team GB’s first gold medal of London 2012, making history by becoming the first British women to take an Olympic rowing gold.
The 44km time-trial was packed with cheering, Union flag-wielding supporters as Wiggins ripped the field apart. British dominance in cycling was underlined as fellow Briton Chris Froome, second to Wiggins in the Tour, took a bronze.
Scottish swimmer Michael Jamieson is also in with a chance of a gold after setting a new British record to reach the men’s 200m breaststroke final tonight.
Following the race, Wiggins waved to the crowds as he rode back to Hampton Court Palace and hugged his wife Cath and two children, Ben and Isabella, as he dismounted.
His Team Sky cycling team-mate Mark Cavendish tweeted: “As if being the 1st British Tour de France winner didn’t make enough history, @bradwiggins just won his 7th Olympic medal! GOLD.”
And Sir Chris Hoy, who goes for cycling gold on Thursday, tweeted: “YESSSSSS!! Absolutely delighted for @bradwiggins and @chrisfroome. History made today.”
His win means Team GB is now 10th in the medal table with eight - two golds, two silvers and four bronze. The medal total is ahead of where the team was at the same point in the Beijing Games four years ago.