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Bradley Wiggins becomes the first British winner of the Tour de France

“Sometimes dreams come true and to my mother over there, her son has now won the Tour de France,” he said afterwards.

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BRADLEY WIGGINS HAS won the Tour de France, while his compatriot Mark Cavendish won the final stage to the Champs-Elysées in Paris on Sunday.

The 32-year-old took overall victory from Chris Froome, another Briton, as he completed the 120-kilometre 20th stage from Rambouillet to the French capital.

It was Wiggins’ 13th day in the yellow jersey and he finished with a lead of three minutes and 21 seconds over his Team Sky colleague.

Cavendish, meanwhile, won the final stage for the fourth year in a row.

Wiggins rode alongside the 2011 winner Cadel Evans, the man that the Londoner watched closely after crashing out last year with a fractured collarbone.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone for the support all the way around,” Wiggins said after receiving the ceremonial yellow jersey.

“It has been a magical couple of weeks for the team and British Cycling. Sometimes dreams come true and to my mother over there, her son has now won the Tour de France. Have a safe journey home and don’t get too drunk tonight.”

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