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Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins wins Tour de France Credit: PA Wire

Bradley Wiggins made history today as he became the first British man to win the Tour de France. The 32-year-old punched his arms in the air and clapped as he crossed the finish line on Paris's Champs-Elysees.

Scores of jubilant cycling fans celebrated his win at the track where he first experienced the thrill of racing. Supporters cheered the 32-year-old to victory from the Herne Hill Velodrome, in south east London.

Wiggins grew up in the shadow of the venue after moving to London from Belgium as a boy and began his racing career at the 450m long track as a 12-year-old.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"To be the first person in 109 years to win the Tour de France is an immense feat of physical and mental ability and aptitude and I think the whole country wants to say well done, brilliant - the perfect backdrop and start to the Olympics."

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Bradley Wiggins to win Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins to win Tour de France Credit: PA Wire

Cycling now and Londoner Bradley Wiggins is on the verge of greatness tonight as he looks certain to become the first Briton ever to win the race in its 109 year history.

The thirty-two year old grew up in Kilburn and learnt to cycle in Herne Hill. He'll complete the final stage tomorrow - a procession through Paris where he will - all being well - be crowned winner.

Wiggins three rides from Tour glory

Bradley Wiggins celebrates after being presented with the yellow jersey yesterday.. Credit: AP Photo/Christophe Ena

There appear to be few risks to Bradley Wiggins' lead in the Tour De France as he prepares for Stage 18 today. Wiggins has a two-minute lead as the cyclists tackle the 222.5 kilometre route from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde.

Though it does contain a few hills, it appears very unlikely that any of his rivals will be able to dent his lead. In fact, Wiggins should extend his advantage during the time trial event tomorrow - that is the event in which he will compete at the Olympics - so he is pretty good at it.

On Sunday is the final ride into Paris when traditionally the riders take it easy. Apart from suffering a catastrophic injury, it appears that nothing can stop Wiggins becoming the first ever Briton to win Le Tour.

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