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Bradley Wiggins wins Tour

Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour De France, achieving what fellow rider Sir Chris Hoy had already described as "the greatest feat by any British athlete ever".

The last stage to Paris, with a finish in the Champs Elysees, was a triumphal procession for Wiggins. The rider and his dedicated Team Sky colleagues had already accomplished all the hard work in the mountains, while Wiggins had won the previous day’s time trial in style.

Wiggins, riding a yellow bike for the final stage, was lost for words at the finish. "I’ve got to get used to this," he said, "and soak up every minute of it. It just feels surreal at the moment."

Wiggins, who first donned the yellow jersey after the seventh stage of the Tour, underlined that it was a team achievement by taking his turn at leading out sprinter Mark Cavendish to win the stage. It was the fourth time the world champion Cavendish has crossed the line first down the Champs Elysees and he raised four digits in celebration. Second place in the overall standings was taken by their fellow Briton and Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome.

Wiggins now turns his attention to the Olympics and the time trial, searching to add to his collection of Olympic golds already won in Athens and Beijing. He may skip the Tour party in order to concentrate on his preparation. "Have a safe journey and don't get too drunk," Wiggins told the English fans from the podium.

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