Wiggins First British Rider To Win Tour

By WISE Web Sports

Wiggins First British Rider To Win Tour

July 22, 2012 Updated Jul 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM EDT

PARIS -- Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France by protecting the yellow jersey during Sunday's final processional ride into Paris. He also helped Sky teammate Mark Cavendish earn his fourth straight sprint victory on the Champs - Elysees.

Wiggins secured his win with a dominating performance in Saturday's final time trial to extend his already commanding lead. Fellow Briton and Sky teammate Christopher Froome finished second, 3 minutes, 21 seconds behind overall. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy finished third, 6:19 off the pace. The last time two riders from the same nation finished first and second in the Tour was 1984 when Frenchman Laurent Fignon defeated Bernard Hinault.




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