The 32-year-old, who became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France less than a fortnight ago, finished 42 seconds ahead of Germany’s Tony Martin, with team-mate Chris Froome taking bronze.
Wiggins has eclipsed Sir Steve Redgrave’s tally of six medals and now stands alone as Britain’s most successful Olympian, and there were plenty of calls for the Londoner to be knighted on Twitter following his achievements.
Here are some of the Tweets that caught our eye.
Lee Summers (@leeasummers) describes Wiggins as a “true British legend”: “Most decorated British Olympian, Tour de France winner. Bradley Wiggins is a true British legend!”
Josh Irwin (@joshirwin) reckons the gold medal winner will be receiving a knighthood soon: “Anyone else think that we may have a SIR Bradley Wiggins at New Year? #sirwiggo”
Olly Ford (@Fordy013) thinks Wiggins is also a shoe-in for the BBC award: “Bradley Wiggins will probably win BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award!”
And Harlequins’ Ugo Monye (@ugomonye) agrees that Wiggins is sure to win the BBC award – despite Mario Balotelli’s best efforts: “Quality from the British cyclists today! Got to be Sir Bradley Wiggins & Sports Personality?!!! Well him or Ballotelli anyways!!! ;)”
Frances Geoghegan (@frang007) is inspired: “Bradley Wiggins absolute legend! Makes me wish I’d taken up cycling sooner! To be an Olympian :-)”
Ross Kilpatrick (@ArrowEssEss) feels like emulating Wiggins: “Bradley Wiggins is officially a British sporting legend! Anyone else fancy going a bike-ride now?”
Andy Cameron (@andycameron1940) is amazed by Wiggins’ physique: “Bradley Wiggins is built like a jockey’s whip so the power in those legs is phenomenal! Love his sense of humour it is pure Gold too.”
While Gary Hind (@gephind) urges Wiggins to consider a career change now: “Gary Hind now acting as agent for Bradley Wiggins. Please vote now for Bradley to ride Frankel on his next start? I thank you kindly.”
Adrienne Hunter (@AdrienneHunter) believes footballers could learn a couple of lessons from Wiggins: “Looks like Bradley Wiggins could show Premier League footballers a thing or two about stamina.”
Phil Alcock (@PhilTheBass) reckons everything Wiggins touches is turning into gold – so perhaps the cyclist can find a solution to the economic crisis: “Fantastic result! What with the Tour de France win & now gold medal, can Bradley Wiggins sort out the economy too?”
Ian R (@unitedite) is exasperated: “I think I must work with the only person who hasn’t heard of Bradley Wiggins! :-O”
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