Tour de France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Becomes First Briton To Claim Title

As the 2012 Tour de France offically came to a close on Sunday, Britian's Bradley Wiggins had already been dubbed the champion despite having one more stage to go. But with a bit of flair Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France, maintaing the yellow jersey during Sunday's final stage into beautiful Paris.

Not to be greedy, Wiggins also helped fellow Sky teammate Mark Cavendish earn his fourth straight sprint victory on the historic Champs-Elysees.

Wiggins dominated on Saturday's final time trial to extend his lead past the other rider's reach. Fellow Briton and Sky teammate Christopher Froome finished second, 3 minutes, 21 seconds behind overall. The last time two cyclists from the same nation finished first and second in the Tour was in 1984, when Frenchmen Laurent Fignon defeated Bernard Hinault.

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