Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and friends

Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and friends

I didn't give Bradley Wiggins a hope in hell of winning the Tour de France. I was of the opinion you had to love the mountains to win the Tour.
You had to be a climber of some kind, nobody comes off the track and wins the Tour - let alone a Brit

Wiggins had other ideas. Bradley took himself off to Lanzarote to learn how to time trial up a mountain, and after a couple of false starts on July 7th. 2012 he showed the world what he had learned. Blowing away the opposition on the very first climb of the Tour. The Planche de Belles Filles, a 5.9km climb was an unknown factor, as it was making its Tour debut. A fitting venue for the emergence of something completely new. Wiggins and TeamSky put their plan of four years in the making into operation, and when they were done only a very select number of riders were left with any chance of victory. With more than two weeks of the Tour still to come, the Alps and the Pyrenees to conquer, the Tour was won there and then.

Winning the Tour for the first time has to rank as one of the greatest achievements in British sport. Together with the wonderful summer at the London Olympics, it changed the ethos and mindset of the entire nation. British athletes were now finally winners on the world stage, and by association, Britain, was a nation of winners. It doesn't seem like much of a difference, but it's crucial and it changed the world