The AT50: Cyclist Bradley Wiggins (#14)

In 2012, he rode his bike from team leader to "Sir"
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Age: 32
Sports: Road and track cycling
Highlights: Winner of the 2012 Tour de France; Winner of 7 Olympic medals, 4 of which are gold; Third-place finish at the 2009 Tour de France; 2012 Vélo d'Or winner for best rider of the year; 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award
Quote: "I wouldn't say I wish I hadn't won the Tour, but sometimes, especially with recent events, the Lance Armstrong stuff, I find it hard being the winner of the Tour and everything that goes with it."
Fact: Wiggins was knighted at the end of 2012 for his services to cycling.
AT50 Point Total: 44

When Bradley Wiggins led the peloton onto Paris's Champs Élysées last July, nearing the end of a 2,173-mile journey, it was more than a victory for himself. To Great Britain, who hadn't won a Tour de France in more than a century, it was a symbolic win that marked a revival in British cycling. For Wiggins, it was the end of a banner UCI season in which he inked his road-racing legacy by becoming the only man to win the Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour de France in the same year. That he would go on to win gold in the Olympic time trial made 2012 that much more special for him. Now, he's tied for Britain’s most awarded Olympic athlete (with seven medals), and his appreciative countrymen call him "Sir Bradley" (he was knighted for his "contributions to cycling" at the end of the year).
—Alex Glascock

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