Also says that even just three track golds in Rio should be considered a success for British cycling team Sir Chris Hoy, Britain’s most successful Olympian, says that Sir Bradley Wiggins does not have to win an Olympic medal in Rio to be considered the nation’s greatest-ever cyclist.
Speaking at the launch of his Flying Fergus children’s book series , Hoy told Press Association Sport (link is external) that he thought Wiggins would take ‘huge pride’ were he to edge ahead of Hoy himself by securing another medal in this year’s Olympic Games.
“I think he plays it down, but he will take huge pride winning five gold medals and to have more total medals than anybody else. He collects records left, right and centre and even without the Olympics he is the greatest cyclist Britain has ever produced.
“He does not have to win a medal to do that because no-one has done what he has done across the board – to win the Tour de France, to hold the one-hour world record, and to be a multiple world and Olympic champion across disciplines – there is no-one even close to that.”
Quite where Wiggins ranks himself is another matter. After […]