Tour De France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Will Ride Momentum to Olympic Gold

Steve MazeCorrespondent IIJuly 24, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 22:  Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling (C) celebrates on a processional lap alongside teammates (L-R) Michael Rogers, Bernhard Eisel and Christian Knees 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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As the first man from Great Britain to ever win the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins will have the pressure of his nation pushing him toward gold this upcoming Olympics. The coincidence of Wiggins being the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and then having the Olympics hosted in London is too great a story line to go wrong.

Wiggins, who won the 2012 Tour de France by over three minutes, will show just as much determination this upcoming Olympics as he did in France. Aided by teammate and Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome, Wiggins set a strong pace and dominated the Alps climb to seize victory.

The Olympics course, which will be shorter and easier than the Tour de France course, should be more a challenge of recovery for Wiggins than actual cycling difficulty. While using the two weeks between the events as rest time, the task of winning the two most important cycling races back-to-back is not an easy one.

Wiggins strongest competition will come from a familiar face. While playing second fiddle during the Tour de France, teammate and fellow British countryman Froome will look to become the pride of the nation and win gold for his country. Many thought that Froome, who is five years younger than Wiggins, could have made the Tour de France finish more interesting had he not had bike issues early on in the race costing him over a minute.

All that said, Wiggins should win Olympic gold. Not only does he have the confidence of just finishing the greatest race of his life, but his home court advantage cannot be overlooked. While Froome may challenge Wiggins, taking down a champion is a tough task--especially when the winning memories are only two weeks old.