Bradley Wiggins wins fourth Olympic gold

Bradley Wiggins kisses his gold medal after winning the men's cycling individual time trial
Bradley Wiggins kisses his gold medal after winning the men's cycling individual time trial Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bradley Wiggins was greeted by a deafening crowd at Hampton Court Palace as he claimed gold in the men's road cycling time trial.

Wiggins became the first man to win the Tour de France and Olympic gold in the same year with an imperious victory in the London 2012 time-trial.

Bradley Wiggins competes in the men's cycling individual time trial
Bradley Wiggins competes in the men's cycling individual time trial Credit: Reuters

The 32-year-old claimed his fourth Olympic gold and seventh medal in all, surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave with a British record haul of Games medals.

Wiggins was the penultimate of 37 riders to take to the course and completed the 44-kilometre route in 50 minutes 39 seconds to triumph by 42 seconds, with fellow Briton Chris Froome third in 51mins 47secs.

Bradley Wiggins sits on his throne after winning a gold medal for Team GB
Bradley Wiggins sits on his throne after winning a gold medal for Team GB Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

World champion Tony Martin of Germany clocked 51:21 to claim silver.

Bradley Wiggins' wife Cath and two children Ben and Isabella, were among those screaming with delight as he completed the 44-kilometre course in the fastest time.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates with his wife Cath after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial
Bradley Wiggins celebrates with his wife Cath after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of cycling fans waving British flags had lined the route, holding banners re-naming the day 'Wiggo Wednesday'.

They broke out into noisy chants of "Wiggo Wiggo!" as he secured the top spot.

Christopher Froome took bronze
Christopher Froome took bronze Credit: PA