Bradley Wiggins makes history by winning the Tour de France
Although compatriot Mark Cavendish used his blistering pace to win his fourth consecutive final stage win, the Olympian successfully navigated his route through the Parisian streets to finish at the peak with an unassailable winning margin of three minutes and 21 seconds. His victory has been hard fought, first finishing in third at stage seven to don the yellow jersey for the first time. He also won two key time trials, the second vitally on the penultimate day to all but secure his winning fate.
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