Chorley-based cyclist Bradley Wiggins snatched Great Britain’s second gold medal of the day after powering to a fine victory in the London 2012 Olympics time trial.
The Tour de France winner rode a flawless time trial, moving ahead of German world champion Tony Martin’s time at the second check at 18.4 kilometres and never looked back – stretching his lead at every subsequent check.
British cycling is based at Manchester velodrome and Wiggins often trains on the road around Greater Manchester.
Wiggins completed the 43km course – which started and finished at Hampton Court Palace – in 50:39.54 minutes, much to the delight of the thousands of fans who had gathered to watch him make history.
Team GB teammate Chris Froome, who finished second in last month’s Tour de France, missed out on silver to Martin by 26.33 seconds but will be delighted after clinching bronze in 51:47.87mins.