“Job done, really” was Bradley Wiggins’ (the Sir was yet to be added) understated summing up of his achievement in becoming Britain’s first winner of the Tour de France.
His victory in the 2012 race laid the foundation for years of British dominance in the years to come, but was only part of a remarkable summer for Wiggins, who went on to win Olympic gold just a few days later.
Here the PA news agency looks back on how Wiggins made the breakthrough in France.
The making of Wiggo
Wiggins had long been at his best when racing against the clock, and effectively sealed overall victory by winning the stage 19 time trial. He had one more job to do, however, as Wiggins and his yellow jersey led out his old friend and team-mate Mark Cavendish, who took victory on the final stage on the Champs-Elysees.