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GREAT BRITIAN WINS CYCLE GOLD
Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain beats Brad McGee of Australia to win gold in men's Individual Pursuit of cycling track at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games, August 21, 2004. (UPI Photo/ Heinz Ruckemann)
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Bradley Marc Wiggins, CBE (born 28 April 1980) is a British professional track and road bicycle racer, currently riding for Team Sky. Wiggins' career began on the track, where he specialised in the pursuit and madison disciplines. He won a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, three further medals at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, and two golds at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. In road cycling he turned professional in 2002, but his involvement was limited by his track cycling until 2007. After the 2008 Olympics Wiggins took a break from the track to focus on the road. Initially viewed as a time-trial specialist and a rouleur, Wiggins showed his ability in stage races when he came in fourth at the 2009 Tour de France. In 2010 he was hired as the leader for the new Team Sky. To date his biggest win has been the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.

The son of a professional cyclist, Gary Wiggins, Bradley Wiggins was born in Ghent, Belgium and spent his childhood in London with his mother Linda and younger brother, Ryan. He started racing at south London's Herne Hill Velodrome aged 12. He lives in Chorley, Lancashire. He married his wife Catherine in Manchester in November 2004 and has two children, Ben and Isabella.

At 20, Wiggins won a bronze medal for Britain in the team pursuit at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

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