Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/29/14
By the time Bradley Wiggins wheeled his bike to the starting line in front of Hampton Court Palace, his country's national honor was no longer on the line. A pair of female rowers had taken care of that, giving an increasingly desperate Britain its first gold medal on the fifth day of the Olympics. Not that it mattered. Wiggins wasn't going to lose the individual cycling time trial if Queen Elizabeth II herself was riding on his handlebars. She wasn't, though in an Olympics that opened with her shown parachuting out of a helicopter, it certainly wasn't out of the question. What was out of the question was Wiggins blowing the gold and sending his medal-starved country into an even deeper Olympic funk. He delivered as expected on a rare sun-kissed afternoon in the English countryside, adding an Olympic gold to the Tour de France crown he won a few weeks back. Unfortunately, the royals weren't on hand to watch, having given up the massive palace a few hundred years back in favor of...
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