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Briton Bradley Wiggins Wins Tour de France

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Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race, on the podium of the race in Paris, France, July 22, 2012

Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race, on the podium of the race in Paris, France, July 22, 2012

Bradley Wiggins has won cycling's prestigious Tour de France, the first Briton to capture the championship in the 109-year history of the grueling race.

The 32-year-old Wiggins, already a triple Olympic gold medalist, wore the leader's yellow jersey and raised his arms in victory as he crossed the finish line during Sunday's final ride into Paris along the Champs-Elysees.

Wiggins sealed his championship on Saturday with a dominating performance in the second-to-last stage of the race. His win marked a distinct comeback from last year's event, when he crashed and suffered a broken collarbone.

Fellow Briton Christopher Froome finished second, the first time since 1984 that riders from the same country captured the top two spots.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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