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Bradley Wiggins wins 99th edition

07-23-2012 16:00 BJT

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After 19 hard fought stages of the 99th edition of the Tour de France, Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins was finally able to relax on Sunday as the yellow jersey holder took to the streets of Paris for the final ride down the Champs Elysees. Wiggins, poised to become the first Briton to ever win the world’s most elite cycling race.

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and his Sky teammates were at the font of the pack, as it arrived on the streets of Paris for eight laps of a 6 kilometre circuit.

Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins of Britain celebrates
his overall victory on the podium after the final 20th stage of the 99th
Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris, July 22, 2012.

With Sky determined to help Mark Cavendish secure a fourth consecutive win in Paris, American Chris Horner and George Hincapie were immediately reined in.

Several other riders tried to break away - but the peloton snuffed out the challenges.

Cavendish claimed his 23rd Tour stage win and third this year. He also became the first reigning world champion to win on the Champs-Elysees.

But the overall tour belonged to Wiggins. He solidified his hold over the race with a dominating performance in Saturday’s final individual time trial...that extended his already commanding lead. Wiggins, able to celebrate his win in front of the Arc de Triomphe after a triumphant ride down the Champs Elysees.

Here is the final standings for the 2012 Tour de France. Wiggins, finishing 3 minutes, 21 seconds ahead of second placed teammate Christopher Froome. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy finished third, 6 minutes 19 seconds off the pace.

France’s Thomas Voeckler won the polka-dot jersey for best climber, Peter Sagan of Slovakia earned the green jersey for best sprinter while young 23-year-old American Tejay van Garderen, won the white jersey given to the best young rider.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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