Geraint Thomas, Edward Clancy and the rest of the British men's pursuit team spent most of last month tuning in to daily coverage of the Tour de France, rooting on their former teammate Bradley Wiggins to the yellow jersey.
Turns out Wiggins' victory gave them a little motivation.
Along with newcomers Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh, the new-look British pursuit team tore over the pine surface of the London Velodrome on Friday to win its second straight Olympic gold medal, shattering their own world record and beating the rival Australians.
''Seeing your fellow Brits do so well, it inspires you,'' Thomas said, ''and you want a piece of that.''
The winning time of 3 minutes, 51.659 seconds lowered the mark of 3:52.499 that Britain set in the qualifying round. It also made the home nation the first to successfully defend an Olympic team pursuit title since West Germany in 1976.
The Australian team of Jack Bobridge, Glenn O'Shea, Rohan Dennis and Michael Hepburn finished in 3:54.5...