Sir Chris Hoy believes Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France victory ranks as one of the greatest ever achievements by a British sportsman.
"It will be one of the greatest achievements by a British sportsman ever, it's phenomenal."
Sir Chris Hoy
Wiggins became the first Briton to claim cycling's most famous race, winning by three minutes and 21 seconds over Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome.
Track king Hoy, who won three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and will defend his team sprint and keirin titles in London next month, is in no doubt about the scale of the achievement.
He said: "I have to pinch myself when I switch on the TV and I see Bradley in the yellow jersey and going well on the moutain stages.
"When you were a kid and you switched it on it was (Greg) LeMond, (Miguel) Indurain and (Claudio) Chiapucci, and now no matter what happens Bradley has worn the yellow jersey, he has defended it and touch wood he will make it to the line.
"It's one of the greatest achievements by a British sportsman ever, it's phenomenal.
"When you break it down and look at what it takes to win the Tour; it's not just one day, it's not just having several purple patches.
"It's about dealing with all these things to put yourself in a physical state to be able to win it, and then to deal with all the other things that are out of your control. Things like crashes, punctures, illness, injury, people conspiring against you.
"There are all these things that can happen to prevent you from winning the tour. It's not just a good day, or a couple of good days in a row - it's three weeks.
"I may be a bit biased because he is an old team-mate and he is a great guy and what he has done is amazing. It's as good as anything any British athlete has ever done."
And Hoy believes the feats of the likes of Wiggins, who won two golds of his own in Beijing, Froome and Cavendish in France can act as a spur when the Olympic team begin their campaigns for gold on August 2.
He said: "It inspires me and it's an amazing story for the sport. You can see it's everywhere in the general media and it can only be good for the sport.
"Hopefully all the benefits of all the Olympic exposure for cycling and the Tour de France and what Mark Cavendish has done over the last few years, will encourage people to get out on their bikes."
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