Garry Beckett, who's known Bradley Wiggins for 20 years since he first started riding at the Herne Hill velodrome in South London, told Matt Rendell he can't believe his mate has won the Tour.
"I've known him since he was about 11 or 12 when he first came to Herne Hill," Beckett said soon after Stage 19, the time trial won by Wiggins which confirmed his Tour victory.
"I can't believe it. I really can't believe it. I'm choked, I'm really choked. I'm so happy for him. All these years ... and he's done it.
"I'm working for his former team, I'm with Garmin-Sharp Barracuda. I suppose it's morally wrong to be supporting another team, but that's my mate ... he's just won the Tour de France."
"Just walking around here in the finish area, and hearing so many south London accents, I thought the [Olympic] Games had moved to France or something.
"There's so many Brits supporting him. I can't imagine what it's like at home, all the people from Herne Hill, all his friends there. I'm torn between two places, where I want to be. I can't explain it, the heart's racing, probably more than his was when he was racing!"
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