Tansey eager to push on

  • Last Updated: July 24 2012, 9:12 BST

Team Sky chairman Robert Tansey hopes Bradley Wiggins' Tour de France triumph signifies the beginning of a period of British dominance.

Wiggins: Tour de France winner

Wiggins today became the first rider from the UK to win cycling's greatest event with team-mate Chris Froome finishing in second place.

And Mark Cavendish clinched the final stage of the race into Paris today, sealing victory on the Champs-Elysees for a fourth consecutive year.

Team Sky made their Tour de France debut in 2010 and Tansey believes their success - delivered ahead of schedule - will inspire Team GB at London 2012.

"We have a very strong set up and squad," Tansey said.

"Our team loves riding for each other and they'll want to come back and do this again next year.

"We view this as the start rather than the end of something and the hunger is definitely there to repeat it.

"When we launched three years ago our ambition was to win the Tour de France with a British rider in five years.

"A lot of people were sceptical of that so to do it in three years is a tremendous achievement

"This is a great British story and less than a week away from the Olympics this will inevitably give the Team GB cycling squad a lift."

Tansey believes Wiggins' procession into the history books - he finished three minutes 21 seconds ahead of Froome - will prove to young British riders that anything is possible.

"What a guy Bradley is. I've seen him a few times over the last three weeks. He's been incredibly calm, relaxed and confident," he said.

"Hopefully he's inspired people up and down the country by showing that a lad from Kilburn can win the Tour de France.

"Twenty years ago when it was viewed as something only people from France, Italy or Spain can do.

"Now the aspiration is real for lots of other people and the hope is that this will encourage more people to take up cycling.

"He's got a great team around him and it's great to see the likes of Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome working with him."

Tansey believes Team Sky's rivals will copy their methods in an attempt to emulate a level of success that is partly explained by shrewd use of the budget.

"The team has transferred a lot of learning from its achievements on the track," he said.

"We use our budget very wisely, we don't spend it all on riders.

"We're only the fifth or sixth best funded team, but what we do is spend disproportionately on back-up areas like mechanics and physiology.

"All the riders have to focus on is riding and training.

"Other teams will be looking at us and trying to copy us now, so we must find ways of staying ahead of the game."

Sport and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson hailed Wiggins' victory as one of the finest moments in the nation's sporting history.

"Bradley Wiggins' triumph goes down as one of the great achievements in British sporting history," Robertson said.

"It is a superb feat of endurance, skill and sporting excellence and he has been backed by an outstanding team.

"I congratulate him, his fellow riders, Dave Brailsford and everyone at Team Sky who have worked so hard to bring about this first ever British win."

British Cycling president Brian Cookson described the outcome to the 99th edition of the Tour de France as a "monumental day" for British cycling.

"To see a British rider and a fellow member of British Cycling win is a dream come true for me and all at British Cycling," Cookson said.

"This is a monumental day for sport in the UK - Great Britain has produced in Bradley Wiggins a rider who has won one of the world's biggest sporting challenges and everyone involved in cycling in this country must be immensely proud of that.

"Team Sky's success today highlights how cycling is now a mainstream sport, and Great Britain is the world leading nation.

"We've got four different British stage winners in Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, David Millar and Bradley Wiggins.

"The fact that these riders will make up four of the five-man team for the first medal event of the Olympics, the men's road race on 28 July, means British Cycling carries the highest standard into London 2012."

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, hopes participation numbers in cycling will explode as a result of Wiggins' victory.

"Huge congratulations must go to Bradley Wiggins," Johnson said.

"His incredible determination, focus and will to win blew away the rest of the field and propelled this legendary Londoner to the summit of his sport.

"His inspirational performances, ably supported by his fellow Team Sky riders including Brits Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish, will encourage thousands more people to take to two wheels."