UK's Wiggins Wins Tour de France
Becomes first Briton to win the storied race
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2012 10:39 AM CDT
Bradley Wiggins of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the 19th stage in Chartres, France, Saturday, July 21, 2012.   (Laurent Rebours)
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(Newser) – Bradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de France by safely protecting the yellow jersey during today's final processional ride into Paris—and even helping Sky teammate Mark Cavendish earn his fourth straight sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees. Wiggins secured his win with a dominating performance in yesterday'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 in 1984, when Frenchman Laurent Fignon defeated Bernard Hinault.
 

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