How Wiggins did it
We recap the key moments as Wiggins makes history
Last Updated: July 22, 2012 7:34pm
Bradley Wiggins: On the brink of winning the Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins has become the first British winner of the Tour de France. Here we recap how he built his historic campaign.
Prologue (June 30 - Liege - 6.4km)
Wiggins finished as best of the overall contenders, seven seconds behind prologue winner Fabian Cancellara, nine ahead of Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome and 10 ahead of defending champion Cadel Evans.
Stage seven (July 7 - Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles - 199km)
As Froome won the stage, Wiggins ended Cancellara's week-long stint in the yellow jersey, sticking to Evans' wheel on the steep final climb to take a 10-second lead and become the fifth Briton in the maillot jaune.
Stage nine (July 9 - Arc-et-Senans to Besancon - 41.5km time trial)
Emphatically won the stage by 35 seconds from Froome, with Evans 1 minute 43 adrift, taking Wiggins into the first rest day with a 1:53 second lead.
Stage 11 (July 12 - Albertville to La Toussuire - 148km)
Survived the toughest day in the Alps to and extend lead over Evans to 3:19 as Froome moved into second place, 2:05 adrift. The main talking point proved to be a moment of miscommunication between Team Sky riders Wiggins and Froome in which the latter briefly dropped the race leader.
Stage 16 (July 18 - Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon -197km)
Wiggins finished alongside Vincenzo Nibali to remain 2:23 clear of the Italian, with Froome staying second. Nibali is left as the only non-Team Sky rider within five minutes of Wiggins as Evans' title defence unravels.
Stage 17 (July 19 - Bagneres-de-Luchon to Peyragudes - 143.5km)
In the race's final mountain day, Wiggins finishes on Froome's wheel in third place on the stage, with Nibali 18 seconds further adrift as the British duo enhance their positions in first and second place. The Italian fell to 2:41 behind.
Stage 19 (July 21 - Bonneval to Chartres - 53.5km time trial)
In the penultimate day's race against the clock, Wiggins finished first to go into the final day to Paris with an advantage of 3:21. Froome was second.