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Wiggins gets in gear for gold

TOUR DE FRANCE champion Bradley Wiggins is to seek further success in the first week of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Wiggins, who became the first British Tour winner in Paris yesterday, will on Saturday aim to help Mark Cavendish win gold in the 250km road race before targeting solo success in the Hampton Court time-trial on August 1.

After imperious performances in winning the Tour's two long time trials, Wiggins will settle for nothing less than adding to his haul of three Olympic gold medals.

"If I'm 100pc honest, it's gold or nothing in London now," said Wiggins, who, with six, is equal with Steve Redgrave as the Briton with the most Olympic medals.

"That's the way I'm treating the next nine days. I've set a precedent now for performances.

"I can't sit and say I'll be happy with a silver, or happy with a bronze."

For Wiggins, gold on day five of his fourth Olympics, and one in his home town, would cap a spectacular year.

"Coming off the back of this, it will kind of add the hundreds and thousands on the cake," said Wiggins, who was set to be given time off to go home to Lancashire early this week before joining the Olympic squad at their Surrey base.

"As it stands, the icing is on it. We've just got to put the little cherry on top."

Another man turning his attention to the Olympic games is Ireland's Nicolas Roche after he finished 35th yesterday and 12th overall.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what myself, David McCann and my cousin Dan Martin can do in the road race next Saturday," Roche said.

Martin finished the final stage in 93rd and 35th in the general classification.

But it was Wiggins who led out Cavendish to victory on the concluding Tour stage as the Manxman won in Paris for a fourth successive year.

It was a prelude to what could be witnessed on The Mall on the opening day of London 2012.



Triumph

Cavendish's triumph was the seventh British stage success of the 2012 Tour, with the Manxman finishing with three wins, Wiggins two, and one each for Chris Froome, who finished second overall, and David Millar (Garmin-Sharp).

All four Britons, together with Ian Stannard, are due to combine on Saturday in a bid to help Cavendish win Olympic gold on The Mall at the end of the 250km road race.

The 27-year-old from the Isle of Man, who also won stages two and 18, said: "It's incredible. For me this race is everything, it's what my whole year's built towards every year. Winning on the Champs-Elysees was a big red cherry on top of a beautifully made cake and it was an honour to be part of it. I'm looking forward to next Saturday now."