Wiggins: A true champion

One of the plus points of being at home having to recover is the ability to watch events live on TV, to savour the moment as it unfolds, not having to worry about finding out the result before having witnessed it for yourself. I was privileged to watch a man, not only race against the clock but exorcise a demon that had threatened to ruin a season or even a career.

Having just won the Tour of Britain, Bradley Wiggins arrived in Florence, Italy, ready, literally to take on the world. Pitched against the top two giants of individual time trialling, Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara, Wiggins rode his own race - listening to his body rather than the time gap reports. He rode with his heart, defying conventional logic and produced a ride that typified the fire and underlying passion that makes a true champion.

Former World Time Trial champion Chris Boardman's commentary always kept the Wiggin's dream alive. 'He'll have to do something special now' were his words as Wiggin's time dropped to +25 seconds behind. What happened next was truly astounding; the stuff of legend. The deficit began to drop, and drop, to eventually end up at -0.01. It was enough for second place overall, an amazing result that will be remembered for many years to come.