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London 2012 cyclist Bradley Wiggins: 'Wearing helmets should be law'

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London 2012 gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins has urged the government to make it illegal for cyclists to ride without helmets.

The Tour de France winner, who grabbed Team GB's second gold of the Games in the men's time trial yesterday (August 1), made the call at a press conference that took place shortly after a 28-year-old man was knocked from his bike and killed by an Olympic media bus in Hackney last night.

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"There are a lot of cyclists who don't help themselves, riding along with no helmets on, iPods on, this, that and the other on those Bojo things," Sky News quotes him as saying.

"There have got to be laws... things like legalising helmets, making them the law to wear. They shouldn't be riding along with phones and iPods on, shouldn't be riding without lights."

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins (centre) poses with his gold medal after winning the Men's Individual Time Trial, with second placed Germany's Tony Martin and third placed Great Britain's Chris Froome (right) on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace (August 1st)

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He added: "Ultimately, if you get knocked off and you don't have a helmet on, then you can't argue... Once there are laws passed for cyclists then you are protected and you can say, 'Well, I have done everything to be safe'.

"There are a lot of things that need to be addressed with cycling at the moment on the roads. Things can't continue the way that they are, everybody knows that."

It is not yet known if the individual in the fatal accident near the Olympic Park was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the London 2012 bus, said to be in his 60s, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving before being released on bail.

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