On This Day 22 July
By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-07-22
In 1706 the Acts of Union were agreed which led to the Kingdom of Great Britain; Happy Birthday to Terence Stamp who was born in 1938; Happy π (Pi) Approximation day (22/7 is a common approximation of pi); In 2012 Bradley Wiggins was the first British cyclist to with the Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins was the first British Cyclist to win the Tour de France
Sir Bradley Wiggins - born in Ghent, Belgium is a road and track racing cyclist. Competing in both road and track is not common in professional cyclists however Bradley won both World and Olympic championships in both.
It was only a few days ago (13th of July) that we remembered the death of Tom Simpson during the Tour de France on Mont Ventoux in 1967.
In 2012 Wiggins was one of the favourites and took the yellow jersey on stage seven at which point he became the first British rider to wear the jersey since 2000. It was on stage 14 (Mont Ventoux being on stage 13) that carpet tacks were thrown onto the road by a spectator causing several riders to suffer punctures. At this point the defending champion, Evans, was forced to stop to repair the puncture while Wiggins continued without suffering a puncture.
A gracious sportsman though, Wiggins and his teammates slowed down to allow his competitors to catch up saying that incidents such as the puncture due to sabotage shouldn't determine the fate of his competitors.
He went on to win the Tour de France followed closely by his teammate Chris Froome.
Other events on this day
- 1706: The 'Acts of Union' were agreed leading to the creation of the Kingdom of Great Britain
- 1939: Terence Stamp was born in London
- 2012: Bradley Wiggins was the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France
- Today is also Pi Approximation day as the fraction 22/7 is a common approximation of Pi