greatest. BRITON; MORE BRITISH GOLDEN GLORY IN RIO Wonderful Wiggins strikes gold again to become our most decorated Olympian brad our greatest olympian.
Byline: FROM MIKE WALTERS in Rio
SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS became Britain's greatest Olympian in a golden sunset to his career.
Wiggins banked his fifth gold medal, and a record eighth overall, as his team pursuit gang (left) trumped their old rivals Australia in a world record romp of 3min 50.265sec.
On a memorable night, Wiggins - still the king of Team GB's blazing saddles at 36 - brought home the bullion with Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull in the equivalent of the Ashes on wheels. It was the second time in a matter of hours TURN TO PAGE 59 FROM BACK PAGE that a British quartet had shown Oz the way home after Team GB's four men in a boat, led by Alex Gregory, struck gold in the rowing regatta.
It was a desperately close call. The Aussies led all the way until the last three laps, and Wiggo's gang had only 0.73sec to spare.
But nobody was going to deny the knight rider his triumph.
After his twin glory four years ago, when he became Britain's first Tour de France champion and won Olympic time trial gold at London 2012 in the space of 10 days, Wiggins planned a last hurrah on the track.
But Wiggins was only interested in gold - and he was as good as his word.
As Sir Brad tootled around the Olympic velodrome on his laps of honour, he looked absolutely spent.
He leaned on his handlebars like the last man standing at the bar before striding over to hug his wife Cath in the stands.
And while he may cop a bit of flak for sticking out his tongue during the national anthem, he'll go down in the record books as a superstar - the greatest.