Bradley Wiggins Wins Tour de France
Mark Cavendish takes the final stage
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The Tour de France wrapped up Sunday with Mark Cavendish rocketing to a stage win on the Champs-Elysees and Bradley Wiggins taking the overall title by three minutes and 21 seconds over teammate Chris Froome. Wiggins, riding in the style of the five-time Tour winner Miguel Indurain, built his lead in the time trials and rode a steady tempo on the climbs to become to first Brit to take the yellow jersey. According to many pundits, Froome proved to be the stronger climber, easily gapping Wiggins in the high mountains, but Froome was no match for Wiggins in the time trials. Their 1-2 finish was the first time since 1996 that two teammates took the top spots on the podium. Defending Tour champion Cadel Evans dropped to seventh overall, behind his American teammate Tejay van Garderen who also took the best young rider’s jersey. French favorite Thomas Voeckler took the climber’s jersey and Peter Sagan, in his first Tour appearance, took the sprinter’s jersey. Despite missing out on the sprinter’s jersey, Cavendish took three stage wins and his fourth win on the Champs-Elysees in four appearances. Team RadioShack Nissan Trek, the embattled squad of Johan Bruyneel and Frank Schleck, won the best team competition.