Bradley Wiggins has become the first Brit to win the Tour de France this Sunday.
Wiggins called the victory the stuff of “childhood dreams.”
His personal triumph was quickly hailed as a national triumph as British flags invaded the Champs Elysées in Paris.
One elated fan saw the win as part of the rise and rise of British cycling greats: “It’s not just today, it’s the last two years, we’ve got the world champion, the Tour de France winner, hopefully the Olympic champion in another week, top of the world.”
Prime Minister David Cameron could not have been more pleased with the result: “To be the first person in 109 years to win the Tour de France is an immense feat of physical and mental ability and aptitude and I think the whole country wants to say well done, brilliant, the perfect backdrop and start for the Olympics.”
A native Londoner, Wiggins has already won Olympic gold in 2004 and 2008. He hopes to make a repeat performace for Team GB when the Games begin later on this week. No doubt the velodrome will be packed with his supporters.