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Britain's Bradley Wiggins makes history with Tour de France win

Updated: Sunday, 22 Jul 2012 21:40 | Comments

Second-placed Christopher Froome, winner Bradley Wiggins, and third-placed Vincenzo Nibali Bradley Wiggins has won the 2012 Tour de France Wiggins completed his 13th day in the yellow jersey
Second-placed Christopher Froome, winner Bradley Wiggins, and third-placed Vincenzo Nibali Bradley Wiggins has won the 2012 Tour de France Wiggins completed his 13th day in the yellow jersey

Bradley Wiggins has become the first British Tour de France champion - and celebrated his success by leading Mark Cavendish to victory in Paris.

Wiggins completed his 13th day in the yellow jersey and the 99th Tour in first place, three minutes 21 seconds ahead of Team Sky colleague Chris Froome, who became the second Briton, after his team-mate, on the podium in the history of the race.

Nicolas Roche finished 35th today and 12th overall. Compatriot Daniel Martin finished the stage in 93rd and 35th in the general classification. 

Not content with his personal success, Wiggins played an integral role as world champion Cavendish won the 120-kilometre 20th stage from Rambouillet, sealing victory on the Champs-Elysees for a fourth consecutive year.

After the race as he addressed a crowd filled with Britons by the Champs-Elysees, Wiggins said: "We're just going to draw the raffle numbers now.

"Thanks for the amazing support the last three weeks. I really appreciate it.

"It's been a magical couple of weeks. Some dreams do come true.

"My old mother over there, her son's just won the Tour de France. - Bradley Wiggins

"Thank you everyone. Cheers. Have a safe journey home and don't get too drunk."

Wiggins added: "It's hard to take in as it happens. Every lap of the Champs-Elysees was goose-pimple stuff.

"We had a job to do with Mark today and we were all motivated to do that so it made it go a lot quicker.

"The concentration was high and for Mark to finish it off like that, well, it couldn't get any better."

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