Tour De France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Will Follow Up Victory with Olympic Gold

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJuly 23, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 22:  Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling in action during 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 is still hungry.

The Great Britain cyclist conquered the field in the 2012 Tour de France. Winning the sport’s most prestigious race would satisfy most athletes, but not Wiggins. His eyes instantly shifted from his yellow jersey to Olympic gold.

Wiggins wrote his own column in The Guardian about his Tour de France triumph and Summer Olympic pursuits. He said:

In the short term, it's gold or nothing in London now, if I'm 100 percent honest. We have prepared for this for a long time. We always knew I would be chasing the win in the Tour, and that after that I would be going for the win in the time trial in the London Olympics, so we planned for this happening, although we weren't taking it for granted by any means. Everything is in place for the next goal.

Wiggins will participate in the men’s time trial and road race events. He’s already a three-time gold medalist, and it’d be a surprise if he doesn’t add to his collection this summer.

Coming off of a Tour de France victory, Wiggins is at the top of the cycling world. His ability to win gold talent-wise isn’t in question. But after competing in 20 stages in the Grand Tour, will Wiggins have the stamina to keep pace in London?

He should be fine.

The road race takes place on Saturday, July 28th. Wiggins will have had almost an entire week between then and the Tour de France. For an athlete of his caliber, that’s plenty of time to recover.

His specialty, though, is the time trial. Wiggins should be a favorite, and again, fatigue won’t be an issue. The event takes place on Wednesday, August 1st, and with three full days between finals, he’ll enter the race at full strength.

Wiggins isn’t done making noise just yet this summer.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.