Cardiff cyclist Geraint Thomas has been commemorated with his picture on a special first-class stamp after he helped Great Britain to a win in the men's team pursuit yesterday.
The gold medal stamp was produced and printed overnight and will be on sale in over 500 UK Post Office branches from around lunchtime today, including Geraint’s hometown of Cardiff.
Geraint's team mates Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh also feature in the gold medal stamp - the seventh to be issued by Royal Mail.
In Geraint’s honour, the red Royal Mail post box on Castle Street has also been painted gold.
The same will be done in Huddersfield and Colne. Meanwhile the Isle of Man Post Office, which is independent of the Royal Mail network, will be making its own arrangements to paint a post box gold for its gold-medal-winning resident Peter Kennaugh.
– Royal Mail spokesperson
As soon as Geraint, Ed, Peter and Steven won their gold medal, Getty Images, the official photo agency of the IOC, submitted a selection of the best images from that moment to the eight-strong Royal Mail design team. The Royal Mail design team had just one hour to review all the images sent, locate the most fitting and atmospheric image, crop and refine the photo, add their names, then position within the templated design of the six-stamp miniature sheet.
A fleet of 90 Royal Mail vehicles will deliver the stamps across the UK today.