Tour of Britain 2013 Confirms Bradley Wiggins as 1 of Cycling's Superstars

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIISeptember 22, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  Sir Bradley Wiggins (C), riding for Team Sky Procycling, celebrates winning the Tour of Britain on the podium with the second placed rider Martin Elmiger (L), of IAM Cycling, and the third placed rider Simon Yates, of Great Britain, on September 22, 2013 in London, England. Today's 89km route along the banks of the river Thames and concluding on Whitehall is the final stage of the race. Sir Bradley Wiggins, riding for Team Sky Procycling, won the race with a 26 second advantage.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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After multiple stages of high-octane action, Sir Bradley Wiggins has won the 2013 Tour of Britain. He led the race since the third stage and paced his way to his third monumental victory over the past two calendar years.

In turn, Wiggins has confirmed his status as one of cycling's true superstars.

The 33-year-old was masterful, riding with poise and control throughout the race en route to a Tour of Britain title. It was yet another display of his ability to outclass the cycling world and proved that his monster 2012 season was not a fluke.

Instead, it was a sign of things to come.

Wiggins has every reason to celebrate.

Great Britain is on top of the cycling world, owning each of the past two Tour de France titles. Christopher Froome won the event in 2013 after Wiggins took home the crown in 2012, and thus, the cycling world has since found its greatest superstars.

With a win at the Tour of Britain, Wiggins proved that he's not only an athletic superstar, but he's the best cyclist in the world.

During the 2012 cycling season, Wiggins was dominant to the point that the rest of the cycling world was too far behind to truly compete. Not only was he magnificent in the biggest events of all, but he went on to dominate the lesser events as well.

In the end, Wiggins became the face of cycling.

In terms of the major events, Wiggins won the 2012 Tour de France and the 2012 Olympic time trials. Those two victories would've been enough for any cyclist to emerge as the best in the sport today, but Wiggins decided to continue winning.

In turn, he's separated himself from the pack.

In 2012, Wiggins proceeded to win the Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine, solidifying his status as the king of cycling's present day. Anyone who would like to debate that truth can acknowledge that five titles are enough to fill anyone's trophy case for a career.

Wiggins did it all in one year.

Perhaps most significantly of all, Wiggins won the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and received the extraordinary honor of Knight Bachelor, per James Lyons of Mirror Sport. Those two honors prove that his success in cycling isn't enough to define his star profile.

Wiggins transcends athletics and has become a global spectacle.