PARIS, France (Sun, Jul 21) – Tour de France ended with first ever victory by a British rider on Sunday. Bradley Wiggins made history on Champs-Elysees finishing carefully in the bunch, pumping the air in achievement as he crossed the line after three weeks and 3,497km of racing.
Bradley Wiggins to light Olympic
flame after winning first ever Tour de France for Britain: Peter Keen|
Wiggins even helped Sky teammate Mark Cavendish earning his fourth straight sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees.
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.
Bradley Wiggins, 32, from London, finished 3 minutes 21 seconds ahead of fellow Briton Chris Froome to complete a one-two for Britain and Team Sky. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy finished third, 6:19 off the pace.
Wiggins congratulated his teammates after crossing the line, gave a big hug to his wife, clutched the hands of their kids and blew kisses and bowed to a sea of union jacks.
Continue reading below: