Bravo Wiggo / 初の英国人ツール勝者

July 24, 2012

16 July 2002, UK
17th Commonwealth Games, Manchester
design: Madelaine Bennett

Bradley Wiggins has become the first British winner in the history of the Tour de France.  It was really exciting to watch him winning the individual time trial stage on day 19 – even when he knew he was the winner of the Tour, he did not stop pushing his bike faster!

This stamp is showing the Team pursuit, in which Wiggins won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, held at his home ground of the Manchester Velodrome.  I am just imagining one of the three racers might be Wiggo.  His career was built step by step since that time, adding mountain climbing skills on top of his talent in the time trial – a sport of solitary effort.  After all of those endless trainings, team work and physical and psychological support, he has been drawn as a Bicycle Saint by howies!

イギリス人初のツールドフランス優勝者になったブラッドリー・ウィギンズ。19日目のタイム・トライアルでは、もう勝者だと分かっているのに全力で駆け抜けてステージ優勝までして、ノリにのっている感じでした。

この切手で使われているのはウィギンズが頭角をあらわし始めた約10年前の団体追抜競技( Team pursuit )の写真です。2002年コモンウェルスゲームズで英国は銀メダルを穫ったので、写っている選手の一人がウィギンズだったとしても不思議はないです。もともとトラック競技のタイムトライアルに強かったウィギンスは、ロードレースに必要な坂道でのスキルを少しずつ身につけ、チームメートに助けられ、32歳にしてツールの勝者となりhowiesのTシャツではとうとう聖人に!

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