TALKING SPORT - Sports fans prepare to lap up OUR Olympics

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WHAT a summer of sport it’s been... and that’s before the London Olympics get underway this weekend!

Bradley Wiggins has already written his name into British sporting folklore with his incredible victory at the Tour de France.

But the adopted Wiganer will be back in action within a matter of days as he bids for another Olympic gold medal.

Whatever happens, Wiggins is surely a shoo-in for both the Sports Personality of the Year and a knighthood after becoming the first Brit in history win the most gruelling cycling race in the world.

All that inevitably overshadowed Mark Cavendish’s final stage win, which was a massive shame.

No other cyclist has ever won the final stage of the Tour three times – Cavendish’s win was his fourth in a row down the Champs-Elysees.

A truly heroic achievement and who would back against both men – along with Sir Chris Hoy – being back on the podium with Olympic medals around their necks.

IF the scenes from Paris were the most euphoric memory of Sunday afternoon, the most gut-wrenching image had to be Adam Scott after blowing the Open championship that had been in his pocket for the best part of four days.

Shortly after Wiggins had closed the job in Paris with the minimum of fuss, Scott somehow contrived to finish with four straight bogeys to hand Ernie Els the Claret Jug.

Scott’s face on the 18th green after missing the putt that would have forced a play-off said it all.

He took a deep breath, and mouthed the word ‘Wow’.

If the Australian is to somehow come back from this crushing setback and win his first Major, he’ll need to draw on the kind of mental strength that separates Wiggins from the crowd. It won’t be easy.

QUESTIONS were asked of the Warriors after their below-par display in the Challenge Cup semi-final – none more so than of Sam Tomkins.

The England superstar admitted he apologised to his team-mates following his uncharacteristically poor showing against Leeds, and responded in the best possible fashion with four tries at London last weekend.

Tomkins’ fourth try, in particular, was just jaw-droppingly brilliant.

Let’s hope Wigan’s Challenge Cup misery proves to be the impetus behind another assault on Old Trafford.

GREAT to see the Wigan Athletic boys being put their paces with less than a month to go before the start of the Premier League season, bike-riding in the Austrian mountains just one of their daily routines.

But who was that mystery man leading the sprint finish home, proving himself to be the true King of the Mountains?

None other than Head of Media, Ed Jones [pictured].