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Bradley Wiggins and Great Britain were celebrating reaching the pinnacle of world cycling after the 32-year-old won the Tour de France on Sunday.

The newly-formed and talent-filled Team Sky highlighted their credentials as a powerhouse in cycling with a stunning effort helping Wiggins to become the first Brit to win cycling’s most famous race.

It was only four years ago Wiggins put an end to his highly successful Olympic and World track cycling career to set his sights on the world’s greatest stage race.

Unfortunately for the likes of defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans who along with the rest of the peloton was left watching Wiggins’ back wheel for three weeks.

With stage race supremo Alberto Contador out of action due to a two year doping ban and Franck Schleck likely to suffer the same fate after failing a dope test during the second rest day this edition – Wiggins and his Sky team, including overall runner up Chris Froome are well poised to dominate the sport for the immediate future.

Wiggins however was still revelling in his first major triumph.

“To be in this position now, emulating some of my heroes like Miguel Indurain it’s amazing, you know. I keep saying it but it is, for me it is like, you know, in England it is like football and every child its dream is to lift the FA Cup at Wembley or wherever. This is like my Wembley you know.”

Soon after his triumph cycling’s brightest star left France for England to begin training for the London Olympics where he hunts a fourth gold medal when he competes in Saturday’s Road race and the time trial four days later.