Sir Bradley Wiggins 2012 Stats And Pictures
Sir Bradley Wiggins, CBE, born on the 28th April 1980 and nicknamed Wiggo, is a British professional road and track racing cyclist who rides for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky. The first British winner of the Tour de France, Bradley Marc Wiggins later became the most decorated British Olympian with victory in the time trial at London 2012 – as well as winning three other prestigious stage races.
Bradley Wiggins started his career in track cycling, specialising in the pursuit and the madison, before he gradually made the transition to road cycling and is one of the handful of cyclists who have gained success in both forms of professional cycling.
Wiggins won the 2012 Tour de France, and became the first British winner since it began in 1903. He has won a total of seven Olympic medals, the most won by any British Olympian, equalling Sir Chris Hoy’s record. Four of the seven Olympic medals are gold, the third most gold medals won by a British Olympian, behind Sir Chris Hoy (six) and Sir Steve Redgrave (five).
Bradley Wiggins has won six cycling World Championships, his first in 2003 and most recently in 2008. He won a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, followed by a gold, a silver and a bronze at the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the 2008 Summer Olympics he won two gold medals and a further gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Following the 2008 Olympics, Wiggins took a break from track cycling to focus on road events. Initially considered a time trial specialist and as a rouleur, Bradley Wiggins showed his ability in stage races when, in 2009, he came fourth in the Tour de France. This was later promoted to third place in 2012 after Lance Armstrong’s results were voided.
His first victory in a major stage race was in the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, and he also finished third in the 2011 Vuelta a España and second in the time trial at the 2011 Road World Championships. 2012 was to be Bradley Wiggins’ year when he won the Paris–Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de France and the time trial at the Olympics.
Following his success in 2012, Wiggins was made the subject of several honours and awards. He was given the Vélo d’Or award for best cyclist of the year, he won the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, and was given a knighthood as part of the 2013 New Year Honours. He was also nominated for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year.
Sir Bradley Wiggins is married to Catherine, who he met in Manchester during the 2002 Commonwealth Games, after they had first met as juniors in 1997. They have two children, Ben and Isabella, and the family lives in Eccleston, Lancashire, close to the Manchester Velodrome, which is the home of British Cycling and Team Sky.
Wiggins speaks fluent French which he learned through his participation in French cycling teams, in fact, he lived in France for a few years. He is well-known as a mod and owns a collection of classic motor scooters and guitars from the 1960s and 1970s. A keen musician and guitarist Wiggins made a surprise appearance at a Paul Weller charity concert in December 2012, playing guitar on That’s Entertainment. He is a keen Liverpool Football Club supporter as well as Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club.
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