Bradley was spurred on by fans who gathered at the Herne Hill Velodrome - the track where he trained as a boy twenty years ago.

A triumphant Bradley Wiggins was due back home today to have some time off with his family and allow the realisation to sink in - that he has become the first British man to win the Tour de France.

But the country's new favourite cyclist will not be sliding out of the saddle and into the armchair just yet.

Wiggins is thought to be planning a ride on his local Lancashire roads and must later join his fellow cyclists in preparing for the Olympic road race this weekend.

The 32-year-old made history yesterday when he crossed the finish line on Paris's Champs-Elysees, telling reporters: "Job done".

David Cameron led congratulations, describing his victory as an "immense feat of physical and mental ability".

Wiggins' victory propels him into the league of Britain's greatest sportsmen, with calls for him to be knighted. He is already the bearer of six Olympic medals, three of them gold.

Supporters at Herne Hill Velodrome, in south-east London, where he began racing as a boy, celebrated his result yesterday, with one describing how she remembered the young Wiggins telling her he would one day win the Tour de France.

Wiggins punched his arms in the air and clapped as he crossed the finish line.

The final stage was the 13th consecutive day that he had worn the race leader's yellow jersey in the 99th edition of the gruelling 20 stage, 3,497 kilometre (2,173-mile) race.