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2012 Tour de France, Stage 19: Bradley Wiggins Secures Unofficial Overall Win

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) will become the first British cyclist to ever win the Tour de France, securing the victory by dominating Stage 19 of the 2012 Tour. Wiggins is a time trial specialist and took full advantage of the race's three time trials to build a nearly insurmountable lead over his rivals. His teammate Christopher Froome was second on the stage and will be second on the podium, while third in the stage goes to Rabobank's Luis Leon Sanchez.

With a time trial heavy race, 2012 was Wiggins' best chance at winning the Tour. He finished second in the opening time trial and completely rode away with the mid-race and final time trials. His opponents tried to overcome him in the mountains, but with the help of Froome and the rest of Team Sky Wiggins was able to meet or exceed every attack. Stage 20 will see a sprint finish and not impact the General Classification standings, so the final podium will be Wiggins, Froome, and Team Liquigas-Cannondale's Vincenzo Nibali.

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