Bradley Wiggins' historic Tour de France win has the British optimistic that their countryman can make them proud, after a troubled lead-up to the London Olympics, which begin Friday. That optimism — rare in the United Kingdom so far this summer — has overtaken the British media and athletes alike, among them Wiggins' fellow cyclist Mark Cavendish, who made it to the stage win in the Tour. "That was the yellow, now for the gold," The Times' chief sports writer remarked. The British hope this year to crack the "golden triangle" of usual top Olympic winners — China, the U.S. and Russia. British plans for the games continued to be marred, however, by ongoing concerns about a security guard shortage and by disruptions to the transit of the Olympic torch around the country.