SKY HIGH WIGGINS IS READY FOR GOLD
BRADLEY WIGGINS is ready to clock-it to his long-suffering rivals in a bid to go from yellow to gold in the space of just 10 days.
British cycling’s man of the moment is red hot favourite in the men’s time trial in his attempts to top the podium for the third straight Olympics.
Wiggins will dash round the 27-mile course that starts and finishes at London’s Hampton Court in well under an hour today as he looks to add a fourth career gold to his stunning success in the Tour de France last month.
The 32-year-old can’t wait to get out among the hundreds of thousands of Brit fans who’ll line the route to cheer him on, with the proud Londoner insisting he’s over the bitter blow of failure in the team road race.
The Jam-loving Mod father said: “Confidence is sky high that we’re going to be in the ballpark. I’ll go out there and do the performance I’ve done so well all year in time-trials and see if it is good enough on the day.”
Reigning Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara – the Swiss who has recovered from a heavy fall in Saturday’s team race – and German speedster Tony Martin pose the biggest threat to British gold.
But after easily winning both Tour de France time trials to become the first Brit to earn the final yellow jersey in the race’s 109-year history, Wiggins knows he’s in the shape of his life and can add to Lizzie Armistead’s silver in the women’s team race.
He added: “I’ve done enough to realise there’s no reason why everything’s suddenly going to fall apart.
“My performances all year have been consistent so I’ve no reason to think that’s going to change.”
Chris Froome came second to Wiggins on the Tour and the Kenyan-born Brit hopes to make it a stunning one-two.
The 27-year-old added: “It would be phenomenal to be be up there in the standings. I’ll give it my best shot.”