Tour de France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Becomes First British Champion

Bradley Wiggins finished the 2012 Tour de France on Sunday in a place no British cyclist ever has been before: on top.

Wiggins coasted to the finish in the traditionally laid-back final stage of the Tour, finishing 3:21 ahead of Sky teammate Chris Froome in the final general classification rankings and becoming the first Briton to win the event, in its 99th running. Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas finished in third, 6:19 behind Wiggins, as the only other rider besides Froome within 10 minutes of him.

Mark Cavendish, Wiggins' Sky teammate, won the final stage's final sprint with assists from Wiggins and Froome, beating out Peter Sagan and Matthew Goss, among others, in the last stretch of the Tour on the streets of Paris. Cavendish was dominant in sprints all Tour long, and became the first reigning world champion to ever win its final stage.

For more on the 2012 Tour de France and much more on the world of cycling, be sure to visit SB Nation's Podium Cafe.

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