Bradley Wiggins became the only cyclist to win the Tour de France and an Olympic gold medal in the same year in 2012. He became the first Briton to win the Tour in July and followed this up one month later with an emotional gold medal ride in front of ecstatic home supporters in the Olympic Time Trial in London.
Wiggins has now won seven Olympic medals, including four golds. In a remarkable 2012, he also won the Paris to Nice, the Tour de Romandie and the Tour du Dauphiné. In Stage 14 of the Tour de France he also won many plaudits when he slowed down the peloton to allow several riders, including his rival Cadel Evans, to catch up after punctures when tacks had been thrown on to the road by a spectator. Wiggins was dubbed ‘Le Gentleman’ at the end of the stage.