The Tour de France 2012 In 100 Pictures

Yesterday Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour De France, cyclings biggest race. Wiggins and his Sky team dominated the 3 weeks of cycling through the French fields and mountains. Sky won 6 stages, 2 for Wiggins, 1 for Froome and 3 for World Champion Cavendish. The opposition simply had no answer to their tactics. Wiggins and Cavendish will go into the Olympic roadrace and time trials in good spirits on the back of this big win. These are 100 pictures that hopefully give you a slight idea of what all the rides have to go through to finish in Paris. [100 photos total]

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Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider Chavanel of France cycles during the individual time trial in the first stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Liege (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider Wiggins of Britain prepares to start the individual time trial in the first stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Liege (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Radioshack-Nissan rider Cancellara of Switzerland cycles during the individual time trial in the first stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Liege (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Radioshack-Nissan rider and leader's yellow jersey Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland prepares for the second stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Vise and Tournai (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Liquigas-Cannondale rider Sagan of Slovakia reacts ahead of Radioshack-Nissan rider Cancellara of Switzerland after winning the first stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Liege and Seraing (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Radioshack-Nissan rider and leader's yellow jersey Cancellara of Switzerland cycles during the first stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Liege and Seraing (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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A pack of riders cast their shadows as they cycle during the first stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Liege and Seraing (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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A pack of riders cycle past the citadel of Namur during the second stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Vise and Tourna (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider Mark Cavendish of Britain celebrates winning the second stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Vise and Tournai (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles during the second stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Vise and Tournai (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles during the second stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Vise and Tournai (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Lotto-Belissol Team rider Van Den Broeck of Belgium eats as he cycles during the second stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Vise and Tournai (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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RadioShack-Nissan rider Frank Schleck cycles with teammate rider and leader's yellow jersey Fabian Cancellara during the third stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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A vehicle from the publicity caravan of the Tour de France travels past spectators at the third stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Liquigas-Cannondale rider Sagan of Slovakia reacts as he wins the third stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Orchies and Boulogne sur mer (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles during the third stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Orchies and Boulogne sur mer (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Vacansoleil-OCM rider Marcato of Italy is treated by a race official after a fall during the third stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Orchies and Boulogne sur mer (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider Cavendish of Britain and Radioshack-Nissan rider and leader's yellow jersey Cancellara of Switzerland prepare for the start of the fourth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Abbeville and Rouen (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Lotto-Belisol Team rider Greipel of Germany holds up his arm as he wins the fourth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Abbeville and Rouen (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Team Sky rider Cavendish of Britain sits on the ground after a fall during the fourth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Abbeville and Rouen (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles in the city of Abbeville during the fourth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Abbeville and Rouen (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Radioshack-Nissan rider and leader's yellow jersey Cancellara of Switzerland rides with Liquigas-Cannondale rider Sagan of Slovakia before the start of the fourth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Abbeville and Rouen (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles in the city of Dieppe during the fourth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Abbeville and Rouen (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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The peloton rides during the fourth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Abbeville and Rouen (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Riders cycle in a break away during the fifth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rouen and Saint-Quentin (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Team Europcar rider Arashiro of Japan cycles during the fifth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rouen and Saint-Quentin (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Lotto-Belisol Team rider Greipel of Germany holds up his arms as he wins the fifth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rouen and Saint-Quentin (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Liquigas-Cannondale rider Sagan of Slovakia and teammate Nibali of Italy pose as they cycle during the fifth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rouen and Saint-Quentin (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Team Saxo Bank rider Cantwell of Australia lies on the ground after a fall during the fifth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rouen and Saint-Quentin (POOL/REUTERS) #
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A pack of riders cycles during the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rouen and Saint-Quentin (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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A pack of riders cycles during the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rouen and Saint-Quentin (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Liquigas-Cannondale rider Sagan of Slovakia reacts as he wins the sixth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Epernay and Metz (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders is stopped after a fall during the sixth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Epernay and Metz (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Riders are lying on the ground after a fall during the sixth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Epernay and Metz (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Team Sky rider Froome of Britain holds up his arms as he wins the seventh stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Tomblaine and La Planche des Belles Filles (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Team Sky rider Wiggins of Britain, in the leader's yellow jersey, talks with his teammate compatriot Cavendish at the sign-in podium before the start of the eight stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Belfort and Porrentruy (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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FDJ-Bigmat rider Pinot of France holds up his arms as he wins the eight stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Belfort and Porrentruy (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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The legs of Astana Pro Team rider Kessiakoff of Sweden are seen on the podium after the eighth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Belfort and Porrentruy (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Pro Cycling rider Froome of Britain cycles during the eighth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Belfort and Porrentruy (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain cycles during the eighth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Belfort and Porrentruy (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Vacansoleil-DCM rider Westra of the Netherlands crosses the finish line during the individual time trial in the ninth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Arc et Senans and Besancon (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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BMC Racing Team rider Hincapie of the U.S. cycles during the individual time trial in the ninth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Arc et Senans and Besancon (STRINGER/FRANCE/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain relaxes during a photo opportunity on the first rest day of the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Macon (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain awaits the start of the tenth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Macon and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycle on a bridge after the start of the tenth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Macon and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Voeckler of France reacts as he wins the tenth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Macon and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Voeckler of France celebrates with the new Best climber's polka dot jersey on the podium after winning the tenth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Macon and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Sanchez of Spain cycles during the tenth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Macon and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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The pack cycles during the tenth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Macon and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Riders cast shadows as they cycle during the tenth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Macon and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain cycles in the Alps mountains during the eleventh stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Albertville and La Toussuire (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain and compatriot Froome cycle in the Alps mountains during the eleventh stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Albertville and La Toussuire (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Rolland of France celebrates as he wins the 11th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Albertville and La Toussuire (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Wiggins of Britain reacts with Nibali of Italy at the finish line during the 11th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Albertville and La Toussuire (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Wiggins of Britain cycles with his teammates during the 11th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Albertville and La Toussuire (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Van Garderen of the U.S. cycles in the Alps mountains during the 11th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Albertville and La Toussuire (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Cofidis rider Moncoutie of France lies on the ground after a fall during the 12th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and Annonay-Davezieux (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Garmin-Sharp rider Millar of Britain celebrates ahead of AG2R La Mondiale rider Peraud of France as he wins 12th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and Annonay-Davezieux (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain cycles past spectators during the 12th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and Annonay-Davezieux (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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FDJ-Bigmat rider Anthony Roux of France receives medical assistance from his team as he cycles during the 13th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Cap d'Agde (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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The legs of BMC Racing Team rider Hincapie of the U.S are seen as he cycles during the 13th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Cap d'Agde (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Lotto-Belisol Team rider Greipel of Germany holds up his arm as he wins the 13th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Cap d'Agde (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles past a woman on a horse during the 13th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Cap d'Agde (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Rabobank Cycling Team rider Sanchez of Spain holds up his arms as he wins the 14th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Limoux and Foix (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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BMC Racing Team rider Evans of Australia receives assistance after a flat tyre during the 14th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Limoux and Foix (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain is reflected in the sunglasses of Best climber's polka dot jersey holder Kessiakoff of Sweden before the start of the 15th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles during the 15th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Samatan and Pau (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider Froome of Britain trains on a bicycle during the second rest day of the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Pau (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Radioshack-Nissan sport director Maertens speaks to the media before the start of the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Bagneres-de-Luchon (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles in the Pyrenees mountains during the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Bagneres-de-Luchon (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles in the Pyrenees mountains during the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Bagneres-de-Luchon (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Katusha Team rider Gusev of Russia receives assistance from a race official after a fall in the Pyrenees mountains during the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Bagneres-de-Luchon (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Team Europcar rider Voeckler of France reacts on the finish line after winning the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Bagneres-de-Luchon (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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BMC Racing Team rider Evans of Australia is helped by team mate Hincapie of the U.S. on the finish line of the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Bagneres-de-Luchon (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain cycles with team mate and compatriot Froome during the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Bagneres-de-Luchon (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain cycles ahead of riders in the Pyrenees mountains during the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Bagneres-de-Luchon (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Movistar Team rider Valverde of Spain cycles during the 17th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Peyragudes (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles in the Pyrenees mountains during the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Bagneres-de-Luchon (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Valverde of Spain celebrates winning the 17th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Peyragudes (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Wiggins of Britain cycles with riders during the 17th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Peyragudes (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Voeckler of France cycles during the 17th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Peyragudes (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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The pack of riders cycles past sunflowers during the 18th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Blagnac and Brive-La-Gaillarde (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider Cavendish of Britain holds up his arms as he wins the 18th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Blagnac and Brive-La-Gaillarde (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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BMC Racing Team rider Gilbert of Belgium cycles during the individual time trial of 19th stage of 99th Tour de France cycling race between Bonneval and Chartres (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain cycles during the individual time trial of the 19th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Bonneval and Chartres (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain holds up his arm as he crosses the finish line during the individual time trial of the 19th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Bonneval and Chartres (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider Wiggins of Britain gestures on the podium after the individual time trial of the 19th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Bonneval and Chartres (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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The peloton cycles past the Eiffel tower in Paris during the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins of Britain takes a curve in Paris during the final stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling (CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain cycles on the Champs Elysees during the finish line after the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain cycles during the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider Cavendish of Britain holds up his arms as he wins the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins of Britain kisses his wife Cath after the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins of Britain celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider Wiggins of Britain wears the leader's yellow jersey on the podium after the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Team Europcar rider and best climber's polka dot jersey holder Voeckler of France celebrates on the podium after the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Paris July 22, 2012 (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Liquigas-Cannondale rider and best sprinter green jersey holder Sagan of Slovakia and celebrates on the podium after the final 20th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Paris July 22, 2012 (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain celebrates with team mates on the Champs Elysees after winning the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Paris (BOGDAN CRISTEL/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain rides with his son on the Champs Elysees after winning the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Paris (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #
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Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Wiggins of Britain celebrates on the Champs Elysees after winning the 99th Tour de France cycling race in Paris (STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS) #

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