Tour De France 2012: Will Champion Bradley Wiggins Dominate at the Olympics?

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 22:  Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling celebrates on a processional lap after winning the 2012 Tour de France after the twentieth and final stage of the 2012 Tour de France, from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees on July 22, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Bradley Wiggins added a Tour de France victory to his already impressive resume on Sunday, coasting to a victory after an impressive performance in Stage 19. But with the Olympics around the corner, Wiggins has a chance to turn a great summer into a historic one, shattering cycling records in the process.

A three-time Olympian, Wiggins has progressively improved his medal count each time he's appeared in the games. In 2000, he took home a bronze in the team pursuit, in 2004 he won a gold in the 4 km individual pursuit and a silver in the team pursuit, and in Beijing he took home a gold in both the 4 km individual and the team pursuit.

His impressive resume will be put to the test this summer, however, as he tries to win a Tour de France and a gold medal in the same calendar year––a feat nobody has accomplished since professional cyclists were first included in the 1996 Olympics. Here's a look at how Wiggins' predecessors have fared:

Year Name Result
1996 Bjarne Riis No Medal
2000 Lance Armstrong Bronze Medal
2004 Lance Armstrong DNP
2008 Carlos Sastre No Medal


Any time you have a chance to do something Lance Armstrong failed to do, you know you're having a good year.

It won't be easy, though, as Wiggins is changing events this summer at London.

With the individual pursuit no longer a part of the games, Wiggins has turned his attention to the road race and time trial events. Since he isn't training for the individual pursuit, he will also not be part of the British team pursuit team for the first time since 1996.

There's always history on the line at the Olympics, but Wiggins has a chance to cement his legacy as both an Olympian and one of the greatest all-around cyclists ever.