A look back to when Wiggins broke Britain’s Tour de France duck

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“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

Olympics – Beijing Olympic Games 2008 – Day Ten
Wiggins took three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Taking yellow

Cycling – 2012 Tour de France – Prologue Stage – Liege
Wiggins performed strongly in the opening prologue of the Tour (PA)

The challenge?

Cycling – Tour de France 2012 – Stage 20 – Rambouillet – Paris
Debate over what happened between Froome (left) and Wiggins (right) on stage 11 caused much controversy (PA)

‘Le Gentleman’

Cycling – 2014 Giro D’Italia – Press Conference – Belfast City Hall
Defending champion Cadel Evans suffered a puncture when a spectator threw tacks on the road (Niall Carson/PA)

Cycling – Tour de France 2012 – Stage 20 – Rambouillet – Paris
Wiggins, in the yellow jersey, helped lead out Mark Cavendish in Paris (PA)

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.

What followed

London Olympic Games – Day 5
Wiggins celebrated Olympic gold within days of his Tour victory (John Giles/PA)

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