I'm more like Rodney Trotter! Hero Wiggins wishes he had Hoy's body to go with gold
14:33 GMT, 5 August 2012
Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins has achieved sporting immortality in the last few weeks, but insists he is not blessed in all departments, comparing his physique to that of Rodney Trotter from Only Fools and Horses.
The 32-year-old Wiggins grew up in Kilburn and used to ride around Hyde Park dreaming of winning the Tour.
This summer he has been embraced by the public for his sporting achievements and charisma.
But Wiggins has made numerous sacrifices in targeting his goals, including his appearance.
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After appearing on stage in front of 100,000 people at Hyde Park, Wiggins told Absolute Radio: 'The one thing with an endurance sport, we aren't blessed with incredible bodies because we have to be very skinny.
'We have to look very lean and I think one of the great things about being an athletic sprinter like Chris Hoy is that you've got an amazing body to show off.
'We just look like Rodney Trotter. We don't look at all athletic.'
Wiggins is slowly becoming accustomed to his new status.
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He added: 'It was a bit overwhelming going out there (on to the stage at BT London Live).
'I started cycling round Hyde Park when I was a kid, so to come back here in front of a crowd like that 20-odd years on, it's brilliant.
'I'm very, very, very, humbled by everything and I love it.
'It's fantastic that a minority sport like cycling is taking such a profile at the moment, and that's brilliant.
'What's so great about it is that once the whole Olympics is over anyone can go out to the roads of Kingston where I won the Olympic Games time-trial and ride that circuit for nothing after this is all done, and there's your legacy there.'
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Wiggins' route to sporting greatness began in Hyde Park while growing up in central London.
He said: 'It was the only place my mum would let me cycle round – because I lived in Kilburn – where I wouldn't get knocked off by cars, because there's a cycle track all the way round.
'Every kid when I was a kid, used to kick a football round, pretend they were Gary Lineker or Paul Gascoigne; they were in the FA Cup.
'I used to come up here and ride around in lycra as a 12-year-old and get it taken out of me and everything.
'I used to pretend I was in the Tour de France and I had the yellow jersey.'
Wiggins has been offered the Freedom of the Borough of Chorley.
Had it been Kilburn, he might have found it difficult to accept.
said: 'I haven't heard about that yet to be honest, but it's nothing to
write home about, is it, because the borough I grew up in was an
absolute toilet. That was the Borough of Brent just to confirm.'