23 Jul 2012

Bradley Wiggins wins Tour de France

6:08 am on 23 July 2012

Bradley Wiggins was greeted by thousands of British fans in Paris as he became first Briton to win the Tour de France.

Wiggins finished in the chasing peloton in Sunday's 20th and last stage around the streets of Paris with a winning margin of 3 minutes 21 seconds, as he helped Sky team mate and fellow Briton Mark Cavendish to his fourth consecutive final-stage victory.

Wiggins had virtually sealed victory when he won his second time-trial of the three-week epic on Saturday.

The 32-year-old went into the final stage nearly three minutes ahead of his nearest rival, and convention dictates the race leader is not challenged on the final day heading into Paris.

It was Cavendish's 23rd stage win on the Tour.

That saw him surpass seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong and Frenchman Andre Darrigade in the overall stage-win standings, 11 short of Belgian Eddy Merckx's record of 34.

Defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia finished nearly 16 minutes behind Wiggins.