Bradley Wiggins can cap the greatest cycling season in British history by adding a gold medal in the Men’s Olympic Time Trial (Wednesday August 1). It will go nicely with his previous Olympic Track Cycling Medals and the trophy for his historic Tour de France victory.
This has already been the best year ever for British cycling with Bradley Wiggins becoming the first ever Brit to win cycling’s biggest prize, the Tour de France. Not only did Wiggins win, but fellow Brit and Team Sky member Chris Froome came second in the general classification and sprinter Mark Cavendish won another three stages, including a record breaking fourth consecutive win on the Champs Elysees.
Not only did Team Sky dominate the race, but another Brit, David Millar won stage 12, to make it seven stage victories for the British out of 21, an unbelievable achievement.
In addition, Bradley Wiggins as part of Team Sky has already won the Giro D’Italia and the Dauphine. The only other grand Tour in the cycling calendar is the Vuelta D’Espana which takes place after the Olympics. You would be mad to bet against Britain’s Chris Froome taking victory for Team Sky after coming second last year, and finishing second in the Tour de France. The Vuelta is the perfect opportunity for Froome to showcase his talents not only to his team but to those who think that Wiggins is a better rider than him.
After the disappointment of the road race, where British favourite Mark Cavendish was unable to win a medal, the pressure on Wiggins and Froome will be immense. Their biggest dangers in the time trial race will be from German Tony Martin, Swiss world champion Fabian Cancellara and Spaniard Luis-Leon Sanchez. However Cancellara was involved in a crash with only 20km left in Sunday’s road race and although he did not break his collar bone, the levels of swelling are so high that he is only rated 50/50 to take part. German, Tony Martin also rode the road race, but he pulled out with 50km to go, in order to preserve energy for his stronger event, this time trial.
Both Tour de France time trials were a British 1-2, with Wiggins and Froome dominating, but they were over a distance of around 40 miles, the Olympic time-trial is comparably shorter at 27 miles and this may be a factor. Both Cancellara, if he rides, and Martin pulled out of the Tour early in order to stay fresh for the Olympic Games, and this may have affect the outcome considering the Tour only finished just over a week ago.
Time Trial betting tip & conclusion
Froome and Wiggins both looked very weary at the end of the road race, and both were content to finish at the back of the pack after delivering all their energy in a losing battle for over 200km. How both of these Brits recover is an unknown after they expended so much energy on the Tour de France and then the road race, but the potential injury to Cancellara really opens the door to win the gold.
Time Trial betting tip: Despite concerns about recovery time, take Wiggins for Gold but it is hardly a betting proposition at 4/11 with Bet365 Bookmaker.