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Olympic hero in raucous taxi celebration

Double gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins had to charm his way out of trouble after rolling over the bonnet of a taxi while celebrating his Olympic wins.

The cyclist was in high spirits last night at London House, the venue in Beijing set up to promote the city ahead of the 2012 Games.

He won two golds - in team and individual pursuits - and was perhaps also trying to cheer himself up after losing out on a third yesterday.

Wiggins' stunt, rolling over the taxi's bonnet, did not please the driver, and police officers stepped in to make the peace.

The athlete, who grew up in London but now lives in Chorley, charmed the irate cabbie by posing for pictures with him and his medals.

The British Olympic Association said there was no question of any action against Wiggins.

A British Olympic Association spokeswoman said: "He was at London House yesterday celebrating his achievements and rolled over the bonnet of a parked taxi that was waiting outside.

"The driver was not very happy and got out and there were some police officers already there who spoke to the driver. It ended up very good-natured with photos being taken of him, the driver and his medals."

Wiggins flew back to Britain on Wednesday as planned and was upgraded to first class by the airline in recognition of his gold medal success.

Last night he failed to appear at a press conference at the end of the track cycling programme in Beijing which brought unprecedented success for the British team.

Seven out of 10 events were won by British riders - with three gold medals going to Chris Hoy and two to Wiggins.

Hoy became the first Briton to win three golds at the same Games and Wiggins was hoping to match his achievement when he partnered Mark Cavendish in the Madison.

Having been regarded as a dream team pairing for the Madison - in which riders compete as two-man tag teams - they failed to get near the medals.

British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford said: "He was disappointed but he doesn't deserve to go home a disappointed man.

"I guess each performance needs to be seen in isolation. Actually, if they'd been the only two gold medals we'd won at the Olympic Games, seen in isolation, they'd be incredible."

 
 
 

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