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Tour De France 2012 Winner Bradley Wiggins Will Build on Win with Olympic Gold

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 22:  (L-R) Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Liquigas-Cannondale, Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling, yellow jersey winner and Thomas Voeckler of France and Team Europcar, polka dot jersey winner pose on the podium 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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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2012

Dear Bradley Wiggins,

You have the opportunity to seal an epic 2012 by winning Olympic gold in London—in front of your countrymen, nonetheless—after winning this year's Tour de France. In other words, best year ever. Don't blow it.

Sincerely,

A fan.

Winning the biggest event in cycling is certainly incredible, but winning a gold medal in your home country has to be one of the coolest things ever. So the fact that Bradley Wiggins has the chance to do both in one summer is remarkable.

And I firmly believe he will accomplish the feat.

Wiggins is competing in the road time trial, an event he is fully capable of dominating. He won two time trials at the Tour de France, and he is widely considered one of the elite time-trial riders in the world.

And rather than party and soak in his victory after winning the Tour, he immediately turned his focus to the Olympics. From the Associated Press (via Sports Illustrated):

After donning his winner's yellow jersey on the Champs-Elysees, Wiggins immediately began turning his focus to his Olympic race in just over a week. He even promised to forgo the Tour winner's traditional glass of champagne.

"Everything turns to the Olympics and I'll be out on the bike tomorrow and I've got an Olympic time trial to try and win," Wiggins said.

Sacrificing the traditional Tour winner's party was difficult but necessary, Wiggins said, because the Olympic gold "is a higher priority than anything else."

You've got to love the dedication. Wiggins could have easily rested on his laurels and enjoyed his Tour triumph—instead, he couldn't wait to get back on his bike and start training.

That's how a champion rolls, folks. And alongside the natural motivation behind winning a gold medal or doing so in front of your countrymen, it's that focus that I think will lead Wiggins to another 2012 victory.

Seriously—best year ever. He won't blow it.

 

Hit me up on Twitter—my tweets bring it home like Big Easy.

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