London 2012: Bradley Wiggins stakes his claim as Great Britain’s best ever Olympian

BRADLEY Wiggins was today greeted by a deafening crowd at Hampton Court Palace as he claimed gold in the men’s road cycling time trial – and staked his case as Great Britain’s greatest ever Olympian.

The 32-year-old has now won seven Olympic medals, four of them gold. That’s one more overall than rower Sir Steve Redgrave, the latter having claimed five golds though.

Wiggins – who is now oustanding favourite to win 2012 Sports Personality of the Year following his historic Tour de France victory – was cheered over the line today by wife Cath and two children Ben and Isabella.

It was a double success for Great Britain as Chris Froome won the bronze medal.

“He’s my grandson so I screamed when he won,” said Wiggins’s grandmother Maureen Cousins, was also on the side of the road as he crossed the finish line.

“It’s a combination of delight and relief.

“I’m really proud of him. We all think he’s the greatest.”

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After winning the gold medal Wiggins briefly cycled back towards his family, but he was forced to ride off again as the crowd surged forwards to congratulate him.

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