Bradley Wiggins has become the first British rider to win the Tour de France. The prestigious three week race is one of the most physically demanding athletic events in the world as riders compete over a gruelling 2,000 miles across France and the neighbouring countries. Despite its illustrious history, a British rider had never previously taken the iconic yellow jersey home.
But Wiggins, with the help of Team Sky, dominated the field this year. The final stage in Paris was a formality for Wiggins as he came down the Champs Elysees cheered on by British fans. The three-time Olympic champion spoke of his pride at the incredible achievement:
"Going back as a child, watching the Tour de France, as a kid on telly (television) and that, from the age of 10, 11, 12, all through the (five-time winner Miguel) Indurain years, you know, dreaming than one day you would win the Tour, but never really, really at that age thinking, you know, what chances, you know, a kid growing up in central London, is he ever going to win the Tour? And, so, all those things really, it's been an incredible road really."
Wiggins was not the only success for the UK, as fellow British rider Chris Froome took second place on the podium, and Mark Cavendish, the road race world champion, won the Paris stage for the fourth consecutive year, and his 23rd overall, pushing him above other cycling greats such as Lance Armstrong.
A great day for British sport, but there’s no rest for the wicked. Wiggins has skipped the celebrations to focus on the Olympics. Competing in the men’s road race and individual time trial, Wiggins will hope of adding gold to the yellow he has already won.
I’m Alfred Joyner. For the latest sport headlines, go to our website IBTimes.co.uk