Britain’s Most Successful Olympian Of All Time Was Actually Born In Ghent


5 time gold Olympic cycling champion, and Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins is Britain’s most successful cyclist. With his recent performance at the Olympics in Rio, he has become Britain’s most successful Olympian of all time. A fact that many are not aware of is that Sir Bradley Wiggins was actually born in Ghent, Belgium.

His Final Race

Wiggins announced that plans to “wind down” after his fairytale ending to his olympic career, winning gold (his eighth medal) in the team pursuit - what a way to bow out. Alongside his teammates Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Steven Burke, team GB were pushed to their limits against arch rivals, Australia.

For Wiggin’s his final race at the Ghent 6 will likely be particularly poignant since not only will he be returning to his birth city but also the site where his late father Gary, once raced: “I rode my first Ghent Six Day when I was 19 so it’s kind of fitting that that’s where the last one will be.

“I think also, because of the nostalgia involved with it, the history of the velodrome, it is a special place: Merckx, Sercu and all the rest used to race there. For me Ghent was always going to be the end.”