Cycling: Bradley Wiggins set to make history in the Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins

Today Bradley Wiggins will arrive in Paris donning the yellow jersey hoping to complete one of the most incredible British sporting achievements in securing the Tour De France crown.

Having held the Yellow jersey since Stage 7 on the 7th July, it's fair to say that Wiggins has already established himself as Great Britain's greatest yellow jersey contender in Tour history. Realistically only a catastrophic collision stands between Wiggins and the prize he has worked so hard for over the last couple of years.

Wiggins is one of sports true grafters and clinching victory today would top off an immensely successful cycling career to date. Initially Bradley's loyalties were to track cycling and in Sydney back in 2000 he picked up his first Olympic medal, a Bronze, in the team pursuit. Four years later Wiggins became a household name in Britain, picking up three Olympic medals including a Gold in his favoured Individual Pursuit.

After the Athens success, Wiggins began to pick up more interest from teams on the Tour and in 2007 achieved The Combativity Award after a strong solo breakaway on Stage 6 riding for the Cofidis team. Pulled out of the 2007 Tour after senior members of the team tested positive for banned substances, Wiggins ditched the Cofidis team in disgust at the drug cheats and focused all his energies towards the Beijing Olympics of 2008.

More Olympic success followed with Wiggins securing another two Gold medals, being a part of the successful Team Pursuit quad that broke the world record for the discipline.

With a successful Olympic track career behind him, Wiggins turned his focus to the road. In 2011 Wiggins' Tour De France ended with 4th place to his name, sandwiched between third place finishes in the Paris to Nice race and the Vuelta a Espana.

Preparations for this years event were much more intense however and wins in the Paris to Nice, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine installed Wiggins as one of the pre-race favourites. Some would have crumbled with such expectation but Wiggins and team mate Froome have showed tremendous spirit and strength to make Wiggins dream a near-certain reality.

Competitive cycling is regarded as a minority sport in the United Kingdom but the achievement shouldn't be underestimated.

Arguably the toughest sporting challenge, if Wiggins finishes off the job today his life will change forever. Sporting riches await, but that will mean nothing to the dedicated Brit compared to the glory of becoming one of Britain's best sporting individuals of all time.

image: © Bradley Nikolaj