Olympic Time Trial: Bradley Wiggins Claims His Seventh Medal

Neil JamesFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  (L-R) Silver medallist Tony Martin of Germany, gold medallist Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and bronze medallist Christopher Froome of Great Britain celebrate during the victory ceremony after the Men's Individual Time Trial Road Cycling on day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins ensured his perfect year continued with victory in the cycling time trial at the 2012 Olympic Games.

The Brit set a time of 50 minutes, 39:54 seconds to push 2011 world champion Tony Martin of Germany into second.

Martin was fastest through the first split at 7.3 kilometers, but Wiggins had pulled back the time by the 18 km mark and never looked threatened as he powered through the streets of his adopted home town. His final margin over Martin was 42 seconds.

Chris Froome, Wiggins' Team GB and Sky teammate, gave the local crowds another reason to cheer as he claimed the bronze medal, 26 seconds down on Martin.

Defending time trial champion Fabian Cancellara—carrying injuries following a crash in Saturday's road race—could not find his best form. Running last on the road, Cancellara looked far from his best as he came home in seventh.

The win makes Wiggins the most decorated British Olympian of all time with a total of seven medals—four gold, one silver and two bronze.

Team GB had high hopes for the cycling team going into the games, and this success will serve to spur on the remaining competitors after the disappointment of the road race.

Track cycling at the Velodrome begins on 2 August.

And Wiggins can finally—after months of training and competition at home and abroad—look forward to a well-earned rest.