But when the men from Down Under lost a man with around 1500 metres to go, Wiggins took charge to help his team overturn the deficit and power ahead in the final few laps in front of a noisy and enthusiastic velodrome crowd.
Wiggins was greeted by Hoy and Redgrave immediately after the race in the mixed zone and seemed genuinely taken aback by his latest sensational achievement.
Clancy’s triumph also meant he picked up a third straight Gold medal in the discipline, adding to the crown’s he won in Beijing and London.
The win also continued GBs stunning start to the track cycling events in Rio 2016, following Gold in the Men’s Team Sprint on Thursday night and a world record from the Women’s Team Pursuit foursome just hours earlier.
At the end of Day 7 GB sat third in the overall medal table, behind only the United States and China with seven golds, eight silvers and six bronzes.
Earlier in the evening, Denmark beat New Zealand to claim the bronze medal in the Men’s 4km Team Pursuit.
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