By Josh Powell
If I’d won the Tour de France at the weekend it’s likely that this morning you would have found me waking up ‘Hangover’ style after a couple of days of partying very hard! But not Bradley Wiggins. Britain’s first Tour de France winner in history is incredibly back on his bike with Olympic gold firmly in his sights.
‘If I’m 100 per cent honest, it’s gold or nothing in London now’, the 32-year-old said, ‘I can’t sit and say I’ll be happy with a silver, or happy with a bronze’.
After coming out on top in the gruelling Tour the three-time gold medallist isn’t happy to sit back and take it easy. Wiggins won the individual pursuit in 2004 and then retained it along with the team pursuit in Beijing in 2008.
On Saturday, Wiggins will be helping Mark Cavendish in his bid for glory in the 250km men’s road race. The ‘Manx Missile’ is 4/5 with Paddy Power to take home the gold after winning three stages at the Tour de France.
Cavendish has won 23 stages in his career and on Saturday Wiggins helped him take the final stage in Paris for a fourth successive year to a massive ovation from the crowd. He’ll have the whole of Team GB behind him as he tries to win his first Olympic medal after a disappointing Beijing games in 2008.
The Champ will then aim for individual glory when he competes in the men’s time trial on Wednesday 1st August. Wiggins is the 8/11 favourite for the race as he looks to surpass Sir Steve Redgrave as Britain’s most successful Olympian, and become the most famous man on a bike since Jordan’s ex-fella.
It would top an incredible year for Wiggins who is also 8/11 to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. A price that is guaranteed to disappear should he start picking up medals at the games.
Team GB will then unite and fight for gold together a day later as they aim to hold off the rest of the world, including a strong Australian side, to win the team pursuit. Team GB are narrow favourites at 8/11 with Team Australia available at evens for the title.
At the Beijing games Great Britain’s pursuit team smashed the world record on two occasions on their way to beating Denmark in the final and a similar performance in London would see the team pick up the gold.
It’s been an incredible story for Bradley Wiggins and British cycling as general and the chances are it could get even better at London 2012. If you’re feeling particularly patriotic and are blinded by red, white and blue you can get odds better than 4/1 at Paddy Power for Cavendish to win the road race, Wiggins to win the time trial and Team GB to win the team pursuit.
If these lads have a good Olympics it would be the icing on the cake of an incredible year for Britain’s cyclists.