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Fans await the triumphant 'Mod Father'

The atmosphere in Paris is bristling with anticipation as cycling aficionados, day trippers and well wishers alike await the climax of one of the world's most famous sports events.

However, the language they are all speaking is not, in the main, French. It is English, and the words of the tips of all their tongues are Cavendish, Froome and of course, Wiggins.

He goes by various nicknames: Brad, "Wiggo" and "The Mod Father".

One thing is for certain. He knows how to ride a bike, and soon the fans packed alongside the Champs Élysées (now dubbed the 'Jubilee-say' thanks to today's union jack takeover) will be chanting his name all afternoon as he laps the final circuit seven times on his way to victory.

If Mark Cavendish can top it all off with a sprint finish to take the final stage win, it will be a day to savour for British cycling - and indeed British sport - for many, many years to come.

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