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Bradley Wiggins Wins Tour De France
Bradley Wiggins has won the Tour De France and becomes the first British rider to achieve this feat since it started in 1903 in the 99th running of the event.
Representing Team Sky he was the leader and wore the coveted yellow jersey through most of the 3 week race.
The fairly new Team Sky have put a lot of money into their team,wanting top coaches and riders and they captured Wiggins to be their team leader. They had said that they wanted to win and with a British rider and that is the way it has happened.
There has been some fantastic cyclists on this team including fellow Brits Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome who have also won individual stages themselves. Froome came in 2nd overall and could well challenge for the title himself in the future such was the form he showed here. But now he was part of the team and his main aim was to see its leader, Wiggins,triumph and in that they succeeded magnificently.
Wiggins,32, who has already been a World champion as well as winning 3 golds over 2 Olympics on the much shorter track events has now shown his superb biking qualities on the road. He had shown promise in this event 3 years ago when finishing 4th and now to win the race is a great achievment of strength and endurance as well as real cycling ability. He won in an overall total of 87 hours 34 minutes and 42 seconds finishing 3 minutes 21 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed rider, Froome. It is fair to say that Wiggins,who is a mod, was not caught up in any ‘jam’ and nobody will be questioning ‘who’ he is after this achievment where he also won 2 individual stages of the race. Wiggins had won after wearing the yellow jersey as overall race leader for 13 days.
Now the big spotlight for cycling will move on to the Olympics to see if the British cyclists can repeat their huge successes of 4 years ago. Can Wiggins, Froome and Cavendish succeed there as well and win medals in the various events,joining other major cycling stars such as Victoria Pendleton and Chris Hoy with big hopes again. It will certainly be interesting to see what more they can now achieve.