Maida Vale’s Bradley Wiggins sensationally won gold in the men’s time trial to become his country’s most decorated Olympian.
It meant a British record seventh Olympic medal for the acclaimed cyclist, who recently became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.
After being roared on by crowds through Twickenham, Teddington and Kingston, Wiggins crossed the finish line at Hampton Court Palace in a time of 50 minutes and 39 seconds – 42 seconds quicker than Germany’s world champion Tony Martin.
Wiggins’ seven medals – four golds, a silver and two bronzes – is one more than rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave.
“I don’t think my sporting career will ever top this now. It will never, never get better than that,” Wiggins declared.
“To win Olympic gold in your home city in a velodrome would have been incredible, with three or four thousand people cheering you on. But to do it on the streets – it was phenomenal.
“Going through Kingston at the end there, the noise was amazing. I can’t put it into words and do it justice. It’s incredible.”