By Oliver Carding: Ever since the Tour de France started in 1903, a UK participant had not even got close to winning the title. In fact, the famous ‘maillot jaune’(yellow jersey) has only ever been worn by four British participants previously in this event.
However Bradley Wiggins changed the course of history on the 22nd July 2012 when he crossed the finish line in Paris to secure his position of winner of the Tour de France, 2012.
The gruelling race which lasted 2172 miles in 87 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds, did not slow Bradley Wiggins down however.
He further secured his place as one of, if not the most successful British athlete of all time yesterday by also winning the Olympic gold medal for the time trial.
He covered the 44km course in 50 minutes 39.54 seconds which was 42 whole seconds ahead of the world champion Tony Martin from Germany.
Watching Mr Wiggins receive his Olympic gold medal last week would move even the most cold-hearted of spectators as he tried to soak it all in to remember in times to come.
He even cycled out of the official area to thank his supporters who lined the streets of London, to share his big moment with them.
There are now calls for Bradley Wiggins to be knighted for his services to sport.
Indeed he is technically the UKs most decorated athlete, even more so than Steve Redgrave, however he is notoriously private and hates any kind of celebrity.
To celebrate Bradley’s success in The Tour De France, Mountain Weekends have produced this infographic looking at the numbers behind his momentous win.
Tour De France Infographic – An infographic by the team at Mountain Weekends