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Wiggins: Gold or nothing at London 2012

ESPN staff
July 23, 2012

Bradley Wiggins sealed one of the most outstanding achievements in British sporting history on Sunday, and then insisted "it's gold or nothing" at London 2012.

Wiggins clinched victory in the 2012 Tour de France, becoming the first Briton to do so in the 99th iteration of the famous race. Sir Chris Hoy, winner of four Olympic gold medals, labelled it the greatest ever sporting achievement by a Brit.

Champagne was present as Wiggins crossed the line in Paris, but celebrations will not last long as he now turns his focus to the Olympic Games. The 32-year-old is eyeing gold in the time trial, while he also has a major role to play in Mark Cavendish's attempt to win the Olympic road race.

Previously Wiggins had always played down the London Games, sticking to his belief that the Tour was priority. However, having tasted victory in France, he simply will not settle for anything less than first place in London.

"If I'm 100 per cent honest, it's gold or nothing in London now," a triumphant Wiggins said. I've set a precedent for performances.

"I can't say I'll be happy with a silver or bronze. It has to be gold now. That's why I'm flying back to England this evening, that's why I'll be out on the bike tomorrow morning.

"Winning gold won't be better of worse than what happened today. It will add the hundreds and thousands on the cake. The icing is on it. We've just got to put the little cherry on top.

"It's going to be another tough race, the Olympics, but a very realistic chance of gold."

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