Bradley Wiggins joined the tussle for Sports Personality of the Year yesterday afternoon when he became the first British rider in history to win the Tour de France.
The 32-year-old’s success heralded what is hoped by many to be a stellar summer for British athletes and the Twitter congratulations came flooding in thick and fast, with Wiggins-related terms trending throughout Sunday and the following day.
@BBCBreaking received 1518 retweets of, “Bradley Wiggins becomes the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. Team mate Chris Froome is second overall”
@SkyNewsBreak then revealed, “Bradley Wiggins tells Sky News winning the Tour de France is the ultimate prize, more than Olympic gold medals”
Maybe don’t admit that to Seb, Boris and co….
Famous faces soon jumped on the bandwagon, including seven-time consecutive winner @lancearmstrong: “Congrats to @bradwiggins on his historic Tour de France victory. Very impressive.” Coming from him that’s quite the compliment…
Descending down the scale of relevance is @Lord_Sugar with, “Brilliant performance by Bradley Wiggins winner of 2012 Tour de France”
And bringing up the rear is fame-seeking @SallyBercow whose attempt at humour falls a little short of the mark: “Brilliant that Wiggins won Tour de France. Howz about we cancel the Olympics & quit while we’re ahead?” I think the 8.8 million ticket holders and 10,500 athletes might have a thing or two to say about that suggestion, Sally.
The man himself (@bradwiggins) has cryptically tweeted “Just had a message from God!!! Literally!!” Bradders, after yesterday you practically ARE God!
And finally, @simon_price01 makes the valid point that, “Bradley Wiggins must be mental, setting off on a lap of honour after the Tour de France. That’s gonna take him AGES.”