Bradley Wiggins wins Tour de France

Blackburn Citizen: Bradley Wiggins of Sky Pro Cycling has become the first Briton to win the Tour de France Bradley Wiggins of Sky Pro Cycling has become the first Briton to win the Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins made history today as he became the first British man to win the Tour de France.

The 32-year-old punched his arms in the air and clapped as he crossed the finish line on Paris's Champs-Elysees.

Fellow Brit Mark Cavendish won the final stage of the race into Paris.

Wiggins' feat is expected to make him remembered as one of Britain's greatest ever sportsmen.

The final stage was the 13th consecutive day that he had worn the race leader's yellow jersey in the 99th edition of the gruelling 20 stage, 3,497 kilometre (2,173-mile) race.

He completed the day three minutes and 21 seconds ahead of Team Sky colleague Chris Froome, who becomes the second Briton on the podium in the history of the race.

There were jubilant scenes as British fans who have travelled to Paris celebrated the result.

Wiggins told ITV: "Job done really. I don't know what to say really.

"I've had 24 hours for it to sort of soak in. Today we were just on a mission to finish the job off.

"This sort of thing happens to other people, you never imagine it happens to you. It's incredible."

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4:48pm Sun 22 Jul 12

Izanears says...

Well done, but let's not go overboard and talk about a knighthood.
Well done, but let's not go overboard and talk about a knighthood. Izanears

7:31pm Sun 22 Jul 12

elvisimo says...

Izanears wrote:
Well done, but let's not go overboard and talk about a knighthood.
Why not. Tour de France winner and 6 Olympic medals. They give them out for a lot less!
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: Well done, but let's not go overboard and talk about a knighthood.[/p][/quote]Why not. Tour de France winner and 6 Olympic medals. They give them out for a lot less! elvisimo
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