Support 'overwhelmed' Wiggins

Britain's most successful Olympian, Bradley Wiggins, has tweeted that he was "overwhelmed" by the support from the public after he won a gold medal in the Olympics time trial.

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Olympic medallist Wiggins backed for knighthood

British cycling chief Dave Brailsford has led the clamour for Bradley Wiggins to be knighted after the Tour de France winner became the most decorated Briton in Olympic history.

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Could Bradley Wiggins receive a knighthood for his Olympic efforts? Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Wiggins claimed the gold in the individual time trial at Hampton Court to take his total of Olympic medals to seven, one more than Sir Steven Redgrave.

Bradley Wiggins sits on his throne after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial
Bradley Wiggins sits on his throne after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial Credit: John Giles/PA Wire.

Brailsford, who saw Chris Hoy knighted after taking his gold haul to four in Beijing, said: "I've got no idea what criteria they use to hand things out like that (a knighthood), but if anybody is deserving of one, I think Brad is....

"I'm sure he's on a par, if not above certain other people. Chris' (Hoy) achievement was absolutely brilliant and that was well, well deserved, but Bradley now deserves to be recognised, for sure."

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Politicians salute 'true British hero' Wiggins

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PM: @bradwiggins is a true British hero. First the Tour & now Olympic Gold. @chrisfroome great too. A wonderful day for @teamgb #timetrial

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No better news after an afternoon of meetings than gold for @teamgb's Bradley Wiggins! Thanks for doing our nation proud

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What a day! Bradley Wiggins joins this morning's Golden Girls on a great day for @teamgb.

Praise floods in for Bradley Wiggins

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Mr @bradwiggins you are an absolute hero! TDF winner, gold medal winner and Britain's leading medalist ever. Congratulations

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Sir @bradwiggins has my vote just ahead of Sir Stevie Redgrave and Sir Chris of Hoy. A testament to hard work and dedication. #topbrits

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