Wiggins wins Britain’s first Tour

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Wiggins wins Britain’s first Tour

Sky teammate second; Nibali third
The Sky team celebrated with winner Bradley Wiggins (in yellow) during the final stage of the 2012 Tour de France on Sunday. The team safely escorted Wiggins to the top of the podium in Paris. Sky teammate Chris Froome finished second.
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Bradley Wiggins of Britain completed a successful ride to victory in the Tour de France on Sunday in Paris. “It’s been a magical couple of weeks for the team and for British cycling,” he said after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France.
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins takes a ride with his son during a parade after the final stage Sunday in Paris. Wiggins will take his Tour victory back to London in time for the upcoming Olympic Games.
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PARIS – A brief look at Sunday’s 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France:
Stage: The 20th and final stage took the peloton from Rambouillet to Paris on a largely ceremonial 74-mile trek. Attacks only started when the peloton hit the streets of Paris. Mark Cavendish benefited from the work of his Sky teammates in the final mile before opening a big gap on his rivals with his trademark acceleration. He racked up his fourth consecutive win on the Champs-Élysées, ahead of Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Matt Goss of Australia.
Yellow Jersey: Wiggins kept his overall lead over teammate Christopher Froome at 3:21 to become the first British Tour champion. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali finished a distant third, 6:19 behind.
Stat of the Day: 28. The number of years since two riders from the same nation finished first and second in the Tour. The last time was in 1984 when French rider Laurent Fignon defeated Bernard Hinault.
Quote of the Day: “Cheers, have a safe journey home – don’t get too drunk,” Wiggins, to the Parisian crowd, on top of the Tour podium.
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Wiggins wins Britain’s first Tour

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The Sky team celebrated with winner Bradley Wiggins (in yellow) during the final stage of the 2012 Tour de France on Sunday. The team safely escorted Wiggins to the top of the podium in Paris. Sky teammate Chris Froome finished second.
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Christophe Ena/Associated Press
Bradley Wiggins of Britain completed a successful ride to victory in the Tour de France on Sunday in Paris. “It’s been a magical couple of weeks for the team and for British cycling,” he said after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France.
CYC
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins takes a ride with his son during a parade after the final stage Sunday in Paris. Wiggins will take his Tour victory back to London in time for the upcoming Olympic Games.
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