Updated: 22/07/2012 22:52 | By pa.press.net

Historic Tour victory for Wiggins



Bradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de France

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.

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.

It was the seventh British stage success of the 2012 Tour, with Cavendish finishing with three wins, Wiggins with two, Froome with one and David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) one.

All four Britons, together with Ian Stannard, are due to combine on Saturday in a bid to help Cavendish win Olympic gold in the 250km road race on the opening day of London 2012.

Cavendish has won on the French capital's most famous boulevard in each of the Tours he has completed - in 2009, 2010, 2011 and now in 2012. The 27-year-old from the Isle of Man, who also won stages two and 18, now has 23 Tour stage wins, moving above Lance Armstrong and Andre Darrigade into fourth place in the all-time list.

It was a remarkable effort for the Manxman, who spent much of the Tour in the service of Wiggins. Wiggins repaid the favour, taking to the front with 1.1km remaining, with Edvald Boasson Hagen assuming the lead 600 metres out.

Cavendish came to the front in the rainbow jersey 400 metres from the line and powered to a supreme victory. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) was second, with Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) third.

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22/07/2012 21:29
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WHAT A PLEASANT CHANGE: In a world dominated by the ego-tistical,  greedy & tawdry antics of over-paid & rated louts in the "National Game",  here rises a genuine,  humble, charismatic & dedicated sportsman who richly deserves what he has achieved today together with the accolade & status which will follow.

 

"Wiggo" too will no doubt resurrect a huge interest in "The Mod" phenonemon,  the coolest image of all.  Standby for a rush for "Weller" haircuts,  Fred Perry clobber & demand for "decent" music.

 

Full credit to the guy,  a legend who EVEN won over the Anglo-phobic French! 

22/07/2012 17:03
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Well done to all taking part in this grueling race.  Lets hope the success continues over the next few weeks for team GB
22/07/2012 19:28
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So much for those wimpy footballers on thousands of pounds a week who can hardly last 90 minutes once a week, nearly tennis players, almost cricketers, "gallant losers", let's celebrate and support some real sporting greats - over 2000 miles, very steep passes, terrifying descents(done some of these myself so appreciate the colossal effort involved). Regardez les grenouilles, les British sont arrive!
22/07/2012 20:41
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well done bradley, what an acheviement, your family must be very proud.
22/07/2012 20:47
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About time we focused on our really successful sports people - BW is a legend
22/07/2012 19:12
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I have ridden a bike just to stay fit. Anyone that has ridden a bicycle knows just how gruelling it can be. For this man to win a competitive event, he has got to be overwhelmingly at the peak of fitness. Well done that man. Well done. I'm proud to be British.
22/07/2012 20:37
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YES !!!!!!!! Well done both...and Mark Cavendish !!

22/07/2012 21:34
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Well done to all of the brilliant team at SKY!! Really is fantastic news, and what a start for the Olympics in London!!!
22/07/2012 23:32
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Congratulations  Bradley! brilliant achievement, and so modest no posturing here. We have a true Sportsman at last. Wishing you every success in all your endeavours.  Regards Bill  (Scotland)
22/07/2012 20:28
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Congrats To Brad And All In The Sky Team, At Last Something To Put The Great Back In Great Britain!!!!
22/07/2012 18:33
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Fantastic win and let's not forget, Cavendish, Frome and Evans.

We are great at cycling -we should celebrate this.

By the way which notable was there to welcome them?

 

 

22/07/2012 23:33
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Ok, boys girls and trolls. Bradley Wiggins, NOT Higgins, is British. His parents are British. My sister was born in Germany to British parents. I can assure you, she is not German. 
Secondly, to answer the ignorant comments regarding cycling being a sport. Mr Wiggins resting heart rate sits around 35 bpm. The average persons is between 60 to 90 bpm. A typical athlete resting heart rate is between 50 and 56 bpm. Are you seriously trying to suggest that what he does, takes no effort whatsoever? Really?.. I think you know how silly you are being, and should go and think hard about what your life really amounts to. Or do something worthwhile, rather than troll, because everyone knows that trolls are not even human.
Please check your vitriol at the door.
22/07/2012 17:25
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if seb coe can become a lord for what he done,which was not a lot to be honest, then surely BRADLEY should be given a knighthood
22/07/2012 19:33
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Well done Bradley fantastic achiivment from him, this s one of the hardest sports to win in, the mental and physical demands are phenmenal and it cant be undestated what he as done. Makes me proud to be British, sports personaliy of the year now a certanty  i think.

 

 

22/07/2012 17:15
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This was a perfect example of team work throughout the tour. They had a plan and they stuck to it, with both Froome and Cavendish sacrificing their chances for the goal of landing the overall win for the team. I'd be interested to see the route for next year's race and to know if Froome can truely step up to the top spot on a more mountainous route with Wiggins in support.
22/07/2012 17:52
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Well done Bradley you are a worthy champion.

Many of the past winners were on drugs . It is nice to have a clean winner in cycling

Well done Chris Froome for second place Keep injury free and you could win it in due course

THIS RANKS AS THE BEST SPORTS RESULT EVER BY A BRITISH DUO

I JUST HOPE THAT THE BRITISH PUBLIC WILL REALISE THIS. WITH THE  MAJORITY TOO

LAZY TO GET OFF THEIR BACKSIDES THEY CANNNOT COMPREHEND THE EFFORT,DEDICATION AND TALENT TO WIN THE HARDEST ENDURANCE EVENT IN THE WORLD

For all you premier division wimpy footballers out there this is a true champion  

22/07/2012 20:17
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Fantastic effort for Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins for Great ritain.
22/07/2012 21:01
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Well done Bradley,,,,,,,,,but well done "Team Sky",,,,,,,,very well played throughout the whole tour,you commanded how it was run to make sure your boys got home and won,,,,,,,,,very special for everyone involved.
Shame Lesley Garret spoilt the moment with he wailing of the national anthem :(:( ha ha.
Cyclists,men and women,,,,don`t forget our girls in the Olympics,,,,are true sports people,hard working and dedicated,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,maybe some of the over paid so called "Sportsmen " kicking a ball about on a Saturday afternoon should take heed,and stop crying when they break a nail,or get mud on them !!!!!
"Get a job,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Get a bike "

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well done bradley chris and all of team sky u all did us proud now go and repeat it  nd bring home the gold at london olympics way to go lads !! finally something to cheer about !!!!
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Historic Tour victory for WigginsBradley Wiggins has become the first British Tour de France champion - and celebrated his success by leading Mark Cavendish to victory in Paris.pa.press.net2012-07-22T22:52:082012-07-22T22:52:08Bradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley 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.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.It was the seventh British stage success of the 2012 Tour, with Cavendish finishing with three wins, Wiggins with two, Froome with one and David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) one.All four Britons, together with Ian Stannard, are due to combine on Saturday in a bid to help Cavendish win Olympic gold in the 250km road race on the opening day of London 2012.Cavendish has won on the French capital's most famous boulevard in each of the Tours he has completed - in 2009, 2010, 2011 and now in 2012. The 27-year-old from the Isle of Man, who also won stages two and 18, now has 23 Tour stage wins, moving above Lance Armstrong and Andre Darrigade into fourth place in the all-time list.It was a remarkable effort for the Manxman, who spent much of the Tour in the service of Wiggins. Wiggins repaid the favour, taking to the front with 1.1km remaining, with Edvald Boasson Hagen assuming the lead 600 metres out.Cavendish came to the front in the rainbow jersey 400 metres from the line and powered to a supreme victory. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) was second, with Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) third.seo_keywordsTour Wiggins su16**Bradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de FranceBradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de France

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