Published 9 August 2012
One of the most accomplished and versatile riders in the world, Bradley Wiggins made a stunning transition from track champion to a superstar on the road. He is now the first British cyclist to win the sport's most prestigious race, Tour de France. He followed this up, at London 2012, by becoming the most decorated British Olympian winning his 7th medal with Gold in the individual Time Trial.
Not content with being a multiple Olympic gold medal winner on the boards of the velodrome, 2009 saw Wiggins brave the high mountains to claim fourth in the toughest race of them all - the Tour de France.
- In Athens 2004 he became the first British athlete to win three medals at one Games in 40 years
- Wiggins' first professional team was the short-lived Linda McCartney Cycling Team
- He was actually born in Ghent, Belgium
The 2004 Games in Athens were the scene of the first Olympic Gold for the Londoner who powered his way to victory in the individual pursuit. A silver in the team pursuit and bronze in the madison helped round off an impressive medal haul.
Wiggins repeated that success four years later in Beijing defending his individual pursuit crown – the first man ever to do so – as well as slotting into a victorious team pursuit squad.
With a glittering record on the track already secured Wiggins turned his attention to the road and enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2009, with fourth at the Tour de France equalling the best ever performance by a British rider in the event.
At the start of the 2010 season he made the high-profile switch to the new British ProTour outfit Team Sky, and enjoyed more success in Grand Tours by taking the opening prologue stage of the Giro d'Italia and donning the famous maglia rosa leader's jersey.
In 2012 Wiggins has taken his career to a whole new level, winning the Tour de France is great style in July with Team Sky – the first Briton ever to do so since the race started in 1903. He followed this up by dominating the London 2012 Time Trial to take gold, his 7th Olympic medal. This made Wiggins the first man in history to win both the Tour de France and the Olympic Time Trial. In December 2012 he capped a fantastic year by being voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.