In recent years British cycling has taken off with Olympic gold medals and Tour de France stage wins left, right and centre

The icing on the cake came last year when Bradley Wiggins, now Sir Bradley Wiggins, became the first Briton to win the Tour. 

Just a year later, Chris Froome put the cherry atop the cake, by giving Great Britain its second winner in a row.

The explosion of talent in British cycling began at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, when Team GB won just their second gold medal in 80 years, thanks to Jason Quiley in the Kilo. 

Since then, British cycling fortunes have rocketed. In the three Olympic games since, Team GB cyclists have won 18 gold, seven silver and five bronze medals. 

This goes to show just how good British cycling has become, with Sir Chris Hoy as the leader and Sir Dave Brailsford as the linchpin. Hoy is now Britain's most successful Olympian with six gold medals, while Brailsford, now Team Director of Team Sky, was the brains behind the operation.

Just going down the list of British Olympic gold medal winning cyclists in those last three Olympiads will inspire a new generation of budding cyclists. Be it Hoy or Wiggins or Victoria Pendleton or Trott or Kenny - these names reverberate around the world of sport as greats.

Chris Froome is the next name on the list of greats who will inspire Great British cyclists. He came second in the Tour last year, and would've arguably beaten Wiggins had he been allowed to. 

Then he came third in the Olympic time-trial and now he is the Tour de France champion on the centenary Tour. He is already, a true great. The Kenyan-born Brit looks like he could dominate the Tour for years to come, becoming one of Britain's most treasured athletes.

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