Present Olympics Athletes >> Bradley Wiggins
- Date of birth
fdjeux.com (2001-2003), Credit Agricole (2004-2005), Cofidis (2006-2007), Columbia (2008), Garmin-Slipstream (2009), Sky (since 2010)
- World record
3 (4km team pursuit) - up to 18/08/2008
Dauphiné Criterium (overall ranking + 1 stage win), Tour de Romandie (overall ranking + 2 stage wins), Paris-Nice (overall ranking + 1 stage win), Tour of Algarve (1 stage win)
Tour de France
Overall ranking : 4th (2009)
Tour of Italy
1 stage win (2010)
Tour of Spain
Overall ranking: 3rd (2011)
Olympic Games (6 medals - 3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
- Individual pursuit: 1st (2004, 2008)
- Team pursuit: 1st (2008), 2nd (2004), 3rd (2000)
- Madison: 3rd (2004/with Rob Hayles), 4th (2000)
World Championships (11 medals - 6 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
- Individual time-trial: 2nd (2011)
- Individual pursuit: 1st (2003, 2007, 2008)
- Team pursuit: 1st (2007, 2008), 2nd (2000, 2001, 2003), 3rd (2002)
- Madison: 1st (2008/with Mark Cavendish)
European Championships (1 medal - 1 gold)
- Individual Pursuit: 1st (2001)
Commonwealth Games (3 medals - 3 silver)
- Individual pursuit: 2nd (2002)
- Team pursuit: 2nd (1998, 2002)
GB road race championship (2011), Dauphine Criterium (2011), Herald Sun (2010), Duo Normand (2007), Cinturon a Mallorca (2001), Flèche du Sud (2001)
Wiggins to join cycling royalty at Hampton Court
Britain goes into the 2012 Games with great hopes for its cycling heroes to repeat the staggering gold haul it achieved in Beijing, and Bradley Wiggins, once a track star and now an accomplished road-race team leader and time trialist, has every chance of claiming a fourth Olympic title.
Wiggins won the individual pursuit Olympic title in both Athens and Beijing, and must have been hurt that the discipline has since been dropped from the programme. He is also Beijing team pursuit champion, but it seems unlikely he will defend that title.
In the run up to Beijing he won three golds at the 2008 world track championships including his third straight individual pursuit title, the team pursuit and Madison, but that year marked a turning point of kinds.
A turning point that means at London, Wiggins will go all out to win the time-trial on August 1st, which begins and ends at Hampton Court Palace and for which he can expect rapturous home-town support over the 44km road route in London's outer boroughs.
He will also be implicated on some level in helping Mark Cavendish win the road race as the Isle of Man sprinter is world champion and will need plenty of help if he is to win in London.
But the time-trial represents a real medal opportunity for the 2011 world championship silver medalist, beaten by German Tony Martin, while another hot favorite for the title will be Fabian Cancellara.
Tour de France Big Wig
After Beijing, Wiggins threw himself wholeheartedly into Tour racing and in 2009 with the Garmin Slipstream team, he made a celebrated bid for the Tour de France podium which ended in a fourth place finish, which in some pundits' view could be construed as the highlight of his career.
The 2010 season saw him enthroned as captain of the wealthy new Sky racing team and he started the season in promising fashion with a win at the Giro D'Italia prologue time-trial.
But as with so many others before him he discovered that combining the Giro and the Tour de France was too much to ask, and he suffered something of a meltdown in the big one that year.
Wiggins crashed out of the 2011 Tour de France, a heavy fall resulting in a painful broken collarbone on stage seven.
He did however finish third later in the season in the Tour of Spain.
The Olympic season started out brightly with a win in the Paris-Nice 'race to the sun', sealing victory in that eight-day tour with a win on the final day time-trial up the Col d'Èze hill.
He was born in Belgium in April 1980 the son of a one day cycling specialist, but he grew up in London and will be rightfully revered there if he can win one last Olympic medal in front of home fans this August.
Copyright 2008 Agence France-Presse.